About us


paydesk is the payment platform for the information business. It is a marketplace where publishers, broadcasters and editors find, book and hire professional newsgathering assets around the world. paydesk puts everybody in touch and guarantees payment, if the job is completed.

paydesk professionals include; journalists, reporters, writers, researchers, translators, camera crews, photographers and fixers.

For the producers, paydesk is perfect whether hiring a single member, or managing the payments for a team of hundreds of contributors. It's a fully featured platform to find, book and pay. We remove the headache of paying many independent professionals around the world. But also, everybody booked on paydesk is insured for the day of the booking.

For the member, paydesk is the perfect solution, we guarantee payment and make sure they are insured, as well as being another place to find work. Please visit the app store to download our app which allows professionals in the network to update their availability for work, location and if they are suddenly in the middle of a breaking news story, upload an advisory that will be tweeted immediately and emailed to clients. Functionality also includes options to manage their paydesk public profile and monitor incoming payments. More functionality to follow and an Android version in due course.

paydesk is the GRNlive booking platform.
Invoices are issued from paydesk Limited or Global Radio News Limited (GRNlive) as per contract status.
paydesk and GRNlive Booking Terms & Conditions Apply. Please contact us for details


  • Immediate access to a talent pool of over 5000 reputable journalists in 165 countries.
  • Hire a journalist in a single click.
  • You decide how much you pay the journalists.
  • Track jobs from start to payment in a single, intuitive interface.
  • Make a single monthly payment to paydesk for all jobs on the platform.
  • Not sure who to hire and in a hurry? Broadcast a job to all journalists in the same location, then decide who to hire from those who reply the fastest.


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    Morgan Sowden

    Morgan Sowden has twenty years experience as an internet entrepreneur. He sold a social network in 2003 for $1.4 million, was CEO of BirthdayAlarm.com ($2 mil/year in sales) and Entrepreneur in Residence at Monkey Inferno (an incubator owned by Bebo.com founder Michael Birch).

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    Henry Peirse

    Henry Peirse, a former freelance journalist, has been running GRNlive.com for over 15 years. GRNlive has over 1000 journalists on its books and dozens major international broadcast clients. He has pioneered a ground breaking approach to cover the world without the costs usually associated with international news gathering networks. paydesk is the obvious extension.

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    Johnson Tamlyn

    Having spent the majority of his career in international negotiations, he settled in Australia for 8 years and then on his return to the UK in 2013 he took up the post of Duty Coordinator with GRN/Paydesk.

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