Alex Thomson

Chief Correspondent
Alex Thomson is Chief Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Alex is the longest-serving on-screen journalist on C4 News since the channel began. In more than 25 years he's covered over 20 wars; led major investigations and continues to front the programme from around the world.

His journalism has won several BAFTA and EMMY awards; two New York Film and TV Awards and in 2011/12 he was named TV Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society.

He's written two books about the 1991 Gulf War and a travelogue about cycling across India.

He has been External Examiner at Cardiff and currently Bournemouth Schools of Journalism and is Honorary Fellow in Journalism at Falmouth School of Journalism.


post 26 November 2015
Tear gas, squalor and scabies - another day of misery in the Jungle

An outbreak of scabies sweeping the Calais camp known as the Jungle is fuelling the determination of migrants to escape the squalor for a new life in Britain, by any means possible.

post 22 November 2015
Security clampdown in Brussels extended

The country where many of the Paris attack suspects came from faces real disruption for days and months to come.

post 12 November 2015
Toxic white asbestos found in Calais 'Jungle' camp

Thousands of migrants in the "Jungle II" camp in Calais have a new danger to contend with: potentially carcinogenic white asbestos.

post 10 November 2015
The farmer who has become a focal point for Scottish land reform

When Andrew Stoddart broke down as he was asked about the effect all this is having on his young family, the reality of unsafe leases to farmers in Scotland was painful and direct.

post 09 November 2015
Rangers cheated at football: the fraudulent silverware must go

After the biggest organised cheating scandal in the history of Scottish football, the former Rangers owners now face at last paying the British state the tax and NI they dodged for all those years.

post 04 November 2015
Rangers: what happens now after court decision?

HMRC is adamant there is money in there to be had and the court now says the state is owed what will be a substantial sum - barring any appeal process, of course.

post 04 November 2015
Rangers: winning titles but cheating the taxman

Whilst Rangers FC were busy winning titles and silverware the entire basis upon which they paid many players and executives should have attracted income tax and did not do so.

post 19 October 2015
Big Sport: let the crowds make the noise, not Blastmusic

All Big Sport seems hellbent on killing the occasion by deadening the atmosphere with Blastmusic whenever they can.

post 15 October 2015
Who owns Scotland? Not exactly feudal, but pretty weird

The SNP promised radical reform of land ownership in Scotland, a country where fewer than 500 people own more than half of all private land.

post 09 October 2015
Greg Miskiw: 'the Prince of Darkness' of phone hacking

'I didn't bring down the News of the World. The News of the World brought itself down. News International brought itself down by reacting the way they did.'

post 01 October 2015
Syria: why this is not the start of World War Three

As the number of countries embroiled in the Syria conflict rises, it is easy to think the situation could well spiral out of control.

post 30 September 2015
Kunduz: a military, strategic and political disaster

The Taliban takeover of Kunduz is proof the Afghan National Army cannot manage alone despite the billions of dollars the west throws at it.

post 17 September 2015
'We have no choice': On board with Syrians fleeing their homeland

Middle class Syrians flee their homes and board a ferry from Lebanon to Turkey - the first stage of a dangerous journey to Europe. Are they refugees or migrants? Does it matter?

post 15 September 2015
Migrants and refugees: does opening door make it better or worse?

Another round of insults about who is racist and who is progressive is achieving nothing at all in the stymied, divided, impotent EU.

post 13 September 2015
Syria: A quick reminder

The pitiless Syrian engine of war grinds on. The waves of the displaced seek refuge. The only realistic escape route is Lebanon and Turkey.

post 10 September 2015
Bad and getting worse: why politicians must grasp the Syrian nettle now

What Europe has seen so far is nothing as to what is to come. That means asking some hard questions, including whether the war against Assad should be put on hold?

post 09 September 2015
The lives of the Syrian refugees desperate to leave Lebanon

Ftaym, single mother of five children, gestures up at the bombed-out concrete wreck in the south of the Lebanese capital which is now "home."

post 07 September 2015
Refugee camp: child slavery in everything but name

This is what a real refugee crisis looks like and the more the world turns away with its wallet, the more things fall apart, the more this real crisis will come to the EU.

post 06 September 2015
Refugee crisis? You should see what it's like in Lebanon...

The response to that photo to open doors is entirely understandable. The problem is that it might just make things worse.