John Sparks

Asia Correspondent
John Sparks joined Channel 4 News in 1997, and is now the Asia Correspondent.
John Sparks joined Channel 4 News in 1997, and is now the Asia Correspondent.

John started as a producer, before becoming a general reporter. His stories included investigating the July 7th bomber Jamal (Germaine) Lindsey, and securing the first pictures of CIA operated aircraft, suspected of conducting 'extraordinary renditions' via UK airports.

During the recession he moved to the Business Unit, where he explored the role of investment banks during the 'credit crunch'.


video 30 March 2014 World

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 families demand answers - video

With chants of "tell us the truth" families of missing passengers from the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are demanding answers with mounting anger.

post 28 March 2014
Flight MH370: looking for haystacks in the wrong field

The recovery teams are quickly losing their best opportunity to find the plane. They have to find what is left of it to have any chance of understanding what really happened.

post 22 March 2014
On the lookout 'indefinitely' for flight MH370

We're walked to the edge of the runway, where the pilot tells us what he and rest of the crew saw - or in today's case what they didn't see.

video 21 March 2014 World, Malaysia

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Australia dampens hopes of finding 370 debris - video

After a day when there were no further sightings of possible wreckage from Malaysian Airlines flight 370, the extent of the challenge in trying to recover the plane and black boxes is becoming clear.

post 17 March 2014
Missing Malaysia flight: deliberate and well-thought through?

Last night Malaysia's transport minister told me flight MH370's data communication system had been deliberately disabled before the last verbal communication from the aircraft.

post 14 March 2014
Missing Malaysia flight MH370: focus shifts west

Once again, the Malaysian authorities offer little new information about the search for flight 370 at a well-attended press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

article 13 March 2014 World, Malaysia
Malaysia flight MH370: more confusion over missing plane

Six days after the disappearance of flight 370, the awkward truth is that we are no closer to discovering what happened to this sophisticated jetliner and the 239 people on board.

post 11 March 2014
Flight MH370: the puzzle gets even more perplexing

The head of Malaysia's aviation authority called the disappearance of flight 370 an "unprecedented mystery" - on Tuesday the puzzle got even more perplexing.

post 08 March 2014
The plane that disappeared

There wasn't much that officials from Malaysian Airlines were able to say, other than the fact that flight MH 370, "had gone missing."

post 26 February 2014
Burma's Rohingya suffering 'architecture of abuse' - report

No one gets to decide where they are born, but if people had the power to choose, no one would want to be a Rohingya from north-west Burma.

post 16 February 2014
The slaves who live and die on Thailand's fishing boats

Human traffickers are selling migrant workers from Cambodia and Burma for a couple of hundred dollars each to the owners of Thai fishing boats.

post 29 January 2014
The worst job in world politics?

On first reading, it sounded like a gutsy decision. After months of turmoil, Thailand's embattled prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has decided to proceed with an election this Sunday.

post 22 January 2014
Thailand: cold comfort for a prime minister in dire need of support

With the middle classes still on the streets, the embattled Thai prime minister needs a ringing endorsement from rural voters if she is to retain any authority after elections due early next month.

post 19 January 2014
Blasts rock Bangkok: Asia's easy-going city tenses

Explosions in the Thai capital injure 28 and shake Bangkok's reputation as an open, easy-going city. Asia Correspondent John Sparks blogs about changes in Thailand.

post 14 January 2014
Thailand protests: an on-stage 'duel'

Asia Correspondent John Sparks finds himself in a dual with a flamboyant opposition leader in front of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters.

post 02 January 2014
Rethinking retirement in Thailand's capital of sleaze

John Sparks meets some of the growing population of UK pensioners who have headed to Thailand's seedy seaside resort Pattaya to 'get busy living'.

post 13 December 2013
North Korea's unusual admission of instability

Kim Jong-un's execution of a family member supports claims that factionalism and rivalries are festering at the very top of North Korea's regime.

post 12 December 2013
Thailand's wandering prime minister

Temporarily homeless and dismissed by opponents as a "dim-witted puppet", Yingluck Shinawatra seems determined to hold on to power in Thailand.

post 05 December 2013
Forced to dig their own graves: the brutality of North Korean labour camps

The international community has called on the secretive state to close its gulags, but now it seems they are expanding them.