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 8000 vetted media professionals in 175 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 is co-founder and CTO of Paydesk. Currently CTO of LendInvest, formerly group CTO at Octopus Group (an investment firm with £8 billion under management). Morgan co-founded and built OctopusLabs (the tech arm of Octopus), OctopusChoice (a peer-peer lending platform with £200 million under management) and OctopusCash (a cash management solution with £100 million under management), while assisting the whole group in transformation from waterfall to agile. Morgan built their digital design team from scratch (search for OctopusLabs on Dribbble), as well as their Product and (distributed) Engineering teams. Morgan was also CTO and interim CEO of BirthdayAlarm.com, a very profitable online greeting card site with 55 million active members. He was entrepreneur in residence at Monkey Inferno, a San Francisco based startup accelerator, and previously built (and sold) a social network. Morgan is also a Techno DJ.

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    Henry Peirse

    Henry is in overall charge of paydesk Limited as well as managing the media marketplace. Henry has developed the paydesk US, Chinese, French, Canadian government services business. He is responsible for new business verticals and appointing senior staff to oversee these sectors. Henry has started and run several very successful businesses in the news and media markets over the last 20 years. He founded GRNlive in 2000, a groundbreaking freelance journalism agency selling to dozens of major international news clients. He has also run and exited media sales and content businesses in Africa and China. Henry plays cricket weekly, skis where possible and grows hemp.

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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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Johnson Tamlyn

Production Manager

Johnson is available 9:00-17:00 GMT Mon‑Fri, or by email 24/7