Channel-4-NewsPaul Mason is to join Channel 4 News as the new Culture and Digital Editor, ITN confirms.

Economics Editor Paul Mason is leaving his post at BBC Two’s flagship nightly news programme Newsnight for rival Channel 4 News. The appointment of Mason follows a number of other names including Michael Crick who defected from Newsnight to 4.

In his new post Mason will report on cultural life and social issues in Britain and around the world including the growth of social media and the rise of its importance in society. Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear says Paul will be a “fantastic addition” to the on-air team.

“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,” said Ben de Pear, editor of Channel 4 News.

He added: “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.”

Paul joined BBC News in 2001 and made his first live appearance on September 11 2001. Since then he has covered some of the biggest business and economic scandals over the past decade including the Enron corporate scandal and the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

In 2012 Paul was named as the RTS Specialist Journalist of the year for his work across Europe.

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