Alex Thomson , Chief Correspondent

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.

  • Published on 21 Aug 2017 Sections

    The chief suspect in the Barcelona terror attack has been shot dead by police in Subirats, about 30 miles to the west. Officers said he was wearing what appeared to be a suicide belt. Younes Abouyaaqoub was driving the van which ploughed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas and became the focus of a massive manhunt

  • Published on 20 Aug 2017 Sections

    Spanish police investigating the terror attack in Barcelona say they have seized more than 120 gas canisters which the attackers had planned to use as bombs.

  • Published on 19 Aug 2017 Sections

    Spanish police say the driver of the van used in the attack here in Barcelona – killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others – may still be on the run. They’re now focusing their manhunt on Moroccan born Younes Abouyaaqoub.

  • Published on 18 Aug 2017

    A city in mourning, but a city which is also defiant. There was silence today to remember the victims, and then the crowds broke into spontaneous applause, chanting, “I am not afraid.”Spanish police are still hunting for a  man thought to be aged 17. He’s suspected of driving the van involved in the attack in Las Ramblas which left 13 people dead. Another woman,…

  • Published on 17 Aug 2017 Sections , ,

    Zimbabwe’s president has flown to Johannesberg after his wife Grace Mugabe was accused of assaulting a young woman in a hotel. Grace Mugabe attempted to leave the country, trying to claim diplomatic immunity.

  • Published on 13 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    The Iraqi army declared victory over Islamic State fighters in Mosul earlier this week. But bombing continued to devastate the city and there are now reports emerging of Iraqi government forces killing suspected IS fighters who have surrendered. It is also becoming clear that many people are showing signs of malnutrition.

  • Published on 10 Jul 2017 Sections

    It’s a shadowy tale of a secret political donation: £425,000 which went to the pro-Brexit campaign. But where did it come from? No-one knows, except the Government’s new partners in power, the DUP. And under old electoral rules, which have since been changed, they didn’t have to reveal the source of political donations. Tonight we…

  • Published on 5 Jul 2017 Sections

    The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the taxman in a legal battle with the Scottish football club Rangers. More than £47 million was paid to players and club officials through “employee benefit trusts”.  The club argued the payments were loans but the court ruled they were taxable earnings. The judgement could mean many…

  • Published on 30 Jun 2017

    The Metropolitan Police says it is now treating an acid attack in east London as a hate crime. Twenty four year old John Tomlin is wanted for questioning in connection with the incident, but police have warned that he shouldn’t be approached. Two cousins were attacked nine days ago in their car in Beckon. Last…

  • Published on 28 Jun 2017

    Six people have been charged with criminal offences relating to the Hillsborough disaster. Among them are the former chief superintendent of South Yorkshire Police, David Duckenfield, who faces charges of manslaughter by gross negligence, and former chief constable Sir Norman Bettison, charged with misconduct in public office. Families of the 96 people who died in…

  • Published on 28 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    If there is one individual who, more than anyone else, was responsible for campaigning for the truth of what happened at Hillsborough, it is Professor Phil Scraton, of Queen’s University in Belfast. He says the families’ long campaign shows that justice can prevail.

  • Published on 28 Jun 2017

    Louise Brookes, who lost her brother Andrew on the Leppings Lane terraces, says the Hillsborough families have shown people all over the world that if you never give up and stay united, hopefully there will be “light at the end of the tunnel”.

  • Published on 24 Jun 2017 Sections , ,

    The Russian president enjoys approval ratings Western leaders can only dream of, even as they dismiss him as an isolationist and authoritarian leader. What is the secret of Putin’s appeal?

  • Published on 17 Jun 2017

    French President Emmanuel Macron has called their journalists “agents of influence and propaganda”. No wonder RT, formerly known as Russia Today, says its mission is to improve Russia’s image abroad. And in a rare interview, Margarita Simonyan , the editor of RT has told this programme that they are considering legal action aginst their French…

  • Published on 15 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Why IS the weather so bad? Please can you fill in the potholes? What about that problem with Turkish tomatoes? Why haven’t you got married again? Did you really mess with the American election? Yes – today was the annual Putin phone-in, as the Russian President fielded questions from a nation getting everything, or ALMOST…