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 01 July 2015
Heatwave? It's all Johnny Foreigner's fault!

The tabs rave about hot air coming maliciously in 'from the continent' where 'continental air pollution' will be dragged here resulting in the current mass death threat.

post 18 June 2015
Syria's remaining hospitals under bombardment

It appears that the already severely degraded medical services available to civilians in Syria are diminishing fast under assault from barrel bombs.

post 15 June 2015
Magna Carta was about money - it wasn't about a 'law for all'

A bunch of noblemen fed up with tax hikes under King John was the motive for the Magna Carter, not some overarching need to make the law work for all.

post 29 May 2015
Denis O'Brien injunction: what damage to Irish democracy?

It is fundamental. It is the bedrock of any society claiming to be democratic. And in the Republic of Ireland it has been wiped away at a stroke.

post 20 May 2015
Hatton Garden heist: two Brians and a building site

"You'd have vans coming and going at all hours," says one elderly neighbour, looking out at the manor of Brians Reader - Senior and Junior - now cordoned by blue and white police tape.

post 09 May 2015
Nicola Sturgeon: my 56 MPs will fight to end austerity

Below the Forth railway bridge, in front of her 56 Westminster MPs, Nicola Queen of Scots pledges to fight austerity - and fails to mention "independence" or "referendum".

post 08 May 2015
When will English politicians understand Scotland and the SNP?

How much longer does the English political establishment go on not only not getting it - but demonstrating with toe-curling embarrassment that they simply don't get it.

post 08 May 2015
Feeling threatened? Insults fired at the SNP

More insults raining down on the SNP tonight with the Labour hopeful in Glasgow South calling the party a "cult". Curious for any person defending a 10,000+ "safe seat" to say that because it sounds l

post 05 May 2015
What is the SNP doing to stamp out its problem fringe element?

Yesterday this correspondent suggested it was time the SNP named and shamed its extremist fringe. They've made a belated start to stamp it out - but could they do more?

post 05 May 2015
Gordon Brown the footsoldier: could he pull it off again?

Barnstormer 2 - the sequel. The heroic - at least as far as unionists are concerned - Gordon Brown rides into Glasgow from Fife to sweep all before him in an impassioned plea to sway the electorate.

post 04 May 2015
Could SNP do more to 'name and shame' the fringe?

SNP activists claim Scottish Labour was behind a dark propaganda deed to wreck its own rally in Glasgow. Come on guys.

post 04 May 2015
Jim Murphy confronts 'the ugly face of nationalism'

Free speech was unquestionably denied in Glasgow today. It was shameful and it was perpetrated by people who say they will vote SNP.

post 01 May 2015
Nicola Sturgeon: flying over Scotland with 'TMDWIB'

Crossing the smooth waters of the Firth of Forth on May Day, I wanted to remind people how smooth this campaign has been for the SNP - the tough part starts Friday (if the polls are right).

post 30 April 2015
It's not over til it's over: Scottish Labour leader keeps on smiling

With the polls predicting disaster for his party, Scottish Labour party leader "Sunny Jim" Murphy is still smiling in the face of the political weather.

post 27 April 2015
Zero-hours contracts: Labour guilty of hypocrisy?

In Glasgow, Ed Balls stands in front of a placard which states: "Ban exploitative zero hour contracts." Trouble is, the technicians doing the staging are on zero hour contracts.

post 26 April 2015
Life, politics and election in the last commercial shipbuilder on the Clyde

In the sparking of plate-welding and the hammering of rust-coloured sheet-steel, the old certainties are going down the slip, while the thought of the SNP coming to power has now become a possibility.

post 25 April 2015
Other parties struggle to top the SNP's fervent supporters

This is something close to adoration, and this cannot be faked - as a seasoned correspondent you report what you see, and I have never seen this in a UK election. Never.

post 23 April 2015
Is St George now trying to slay the Sturgeon dragon?

I write from Inverness on St George's Day at a time when Westminster, London and England have rarely seemed so distant and foreign to so many - and that cuts both ways.

post 20 April 2015
SNP manifesto launch: you can take the mountain metaphors too far

What the SNP have to guard against is Acquired Sheffield Syndrome and one N Kinnock's disastrous triumphalism.