Welcome to ianfraser.org, the website of journalist, blogger and broadcaster Ian Fraser. I write about business, finance, politics and economics for publishers including Financial Times, BBC News, The Sunday Times, The Herald/Sunday Herald, Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones.
My recently completed book, Shredded: The Rise and Fall of the Royal Bank of Scotland, explores how and why RBS, the world’s largest company at the time of its collapse (it had “assets” of $3 trillion in 2007-08), became the world’s most expensive bank to bail out. The book — based on interviews with more than 120 current and former RBS insiders, external advisers to the bank, politicians, and others — is published by Birlinn on 1 May 2014. Unlike other books on a similar topic Shredded also explores the serial failure of the UK government and the bank’s post-crisis management to get anywhere near reforming RBS.
Other recent projects have included researching and helping to produce documentary programs for the BBC. These have included RBS: Inside The Bank That Ran Out of Money, shown on BBC1 and BBC2 in autumn 2011, and shortlisted for a BAFTA award and eight other television and radio documentaries on the continuing fallout of the global financial crisis.
I am consulting editor and a blogger on Bloomsbury Publishing PLC’s QFinance project and am currently helping to put together the fifth edition of QFinance to be published in August 2014. Until 2011, I was an associate lecturer in financial journalism at the University of Stirling.
I’m available for freelance assignments including research, writing, commissioning and editing. Sectors covered include banking, financial markets, investment management, economics, globalization, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy and renewables. Strengths include excellent contacts in business and finance and the ability to make complex subjects accessible to a general audience.
Journalism, blogging, broadcasting and book-writing are my main focus, but I can also provide services including web content creation, ghost-writing and media training.
In recent years, I have been interviewed about the banking and economic crisis and Scottish independence by BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC World Service, BBC World News TV, BBC Newsnight Scotland, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, Radio New Zealand, Talk Nation Radio (US), The Keiser Report, ITN, STV News and other broadcasters.
Both this website and Qfinance are ranked among the top finance blogs by media intelligence firm Cision. In January 2012, I was named the UK’s fourth most influential finance tweeter, after the Financial Times, by LondonlovesBusiness and Peer Index and 14th in economia’s December 2012 Twitter Finance 50.
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