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 22 Mar 2017 Sections

    The International Red Cross today appealed for $400m to help millions of people who are facing famine across four conflict ridden countries.

  • Published on 21 Mar 2017

    The life and times of Martin McGuinness were, in many ways, exceptional. Forged in a tradition of violence which evolved into an advocacy of reconciliation, his was an extraordinary and controversial political journey. Without that journey the Good Friday Peace Agreement may never have happened.

  • Published on 20 Mar 2017 Sections

    South Sudan is, of course, the world’s newest nation state, but it’s also quite a rich country. Oil-rich at the time of independence, it was exporting 360,000 barrels of crude every day. It has had billions in aid, not least from the Obama administration, but globally as well. And yet according to the UN, it’s…

  • Published on 20 Mar 2017 Sections

    The problems are huge, they are complex. It is climatic, it is climate change, it is severe drought. But it is also politics. The figures are mind boggling.

  • Published on 19 Mar 2017 Sections ,

    The UK has pledged more funding to ease the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

  • Published on 18 Mar 2017 Sections

    More than one and a half million people have been forced to flee their homes in South Sudan over the last few months – in what the UN says is the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

  • Published on 17 Mar 2017 Sections

    More than a hundred thousand people are already on the verge of starvation.

  • Published on 16 Mar 2017 Sections

    South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation but also one of its bloodiest. Founded in 2013 it has spiralled into a civil war which has left tens of thousands dead and hundreds of thousands facing famine. Today gunmen attacked a humanitarian convoy, killing two and injuring three more, in a country that no longer posses…

  • Published on 28 Feb 2017 Sections

    The Unionist-Republican divide has not been so deep for a generation – and there are growing concerns that the peace process itself is being undermined.

  • Published on 22 Feb 2017

    Cressida Dick, a former head of counter-terrorism, has been appointed the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner. She will be the first woman to take charge of the force and will effectively become the country’s most powerful police officer.

  • Published on 20 Feb 2017

    Two senior Ukip officials have resigned, dealing a fresh blow to leader Paul Nuttall. The two officials, both from Merseyside, cited “upsetting and intolerable” comments made about the Hillsborough disaster as their reasons for quitting.

  • Published on 17 Feb 2017

    Tony Blair has called for a popular revolt to stop Brexit happening – with a cross-party movement to persuade people not to let Britain leave the EU. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused him of insulting the intelligence of the electorate, while the Greens’ Caroline Lucas described Mr Blair’s intervention as “staggeringly unhelpful.” Chief correspondent Alex…

  • Published on 10 Feb 2017 Sections

    Around 300 pilot whales have died after they mistakenly swam into shallow waters in a New Zealand bay, beaching themselves on the sands.

  • Published on 7 Feb 2017 Sections ,

    A video recording has been shown in a London court of an injured Afghan insurgent being shot dead by a Royal Marine.

  • Published on 1 Feb 2017 Sections , ,

    Donald Trump has drawn outrage across the world, including Britain, after he condoned waterboarding and torture. But tonight this programme can reveal allegations that warterboarding and electric shock torture were used by the Parachute Regiment against prisoners in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.