Channel 4 News Appoints Paul Mason

Channel 4 News has appointed Paul Mason as the new Culture and Digital Editor.

Paul is joining the programme from Newsnight where he has had a remarkable record reporting on, among many other stories, the near collapse of the banking system in 2008, the Occupy movement, as well as the riots and upheavals in Greece and Turkey. In 2012 Paul was named as the RTS Specialist Journalist of the year for his work across Europe.

Paul’s new remit at Channel 4 News will be wide and free ranging from reporting on the cultural life of Britain and the world, to the culture wars and social change which have been unleashed in the past decade with the growth of social media and seemingly endless rolling revolutions and unrest.

His role will also include securing interviews with major industry names and thinkers in creative life whilst unraveling the new cultural and sociological forces and patterns he analysed in his book, Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere.

Ben de Pear, Editor, Channel 4 News, said: “I am delighted Paul is joining Channel 4 News. He has been a great talent at Newsnight and is a fantastic addition to our on air team here. He beat off considerable competition internally and externally for the post but I believe there is no-one more suitable to take on this exciting and challenging new remit.”

Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4, said: “Paul is a gifted and vastly experienced journalist who has a great track record in scoops – but who is also unafraid to go beyond individual stories and think big about Britain and the world. I have been impressed by his wide-ranging cultural interests which will enable him chart the cultural and social shifts in Britain for Channel 4 News. He is a great addition to our team.”

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