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.

  • 6 Apr 2018

    A month ago it was thought Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were close to death after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Today the doctor responsible for his care says his condition has improved rapidly.

  • 5 Apr 2018

    A statement has been issued on behalf of Yulia Skripal by British police which says: “I woke up over a week ago and am glad to say my strength is growing daily.” The statement followed a Russian TV station broadcast of an alleged phone conversation between Ms Skripal and her cousin. The police statement also suggested…

  • 4 Apr 2018

    We are expecting reason to prevail, Vladimir Putin declared today – but the war of words between Russia and Britain over the Salisbury poisoning is escalating yet again. Moscow accused the UK of a ‘grotesque provocation’ – while Britain rejected Russia’s call for a joint investigation into the nerve agent attack as “perverse”. Meanwhile Boris…

  • 30 Mar 2018

    Protestors blocked the streets in the Californian city of Sacramento last night after the funeral of a young black man who was shot dead by police. 22 year old Stephon Clark, who was unarmed, was killed in his grandmother’s back yard earlier this month – after two officers mistook the mobile phone he was holding…

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Of course the incident in Salisbury prompted one of the most co-ordinated expulsions of Russian diplomats from countries across the Western world. And tonight, finally, Russia has responded – announcing in the last hour that it is to expel 150 diplomats – almost half of them from the US.

  • 28 Mar 2018

    There was a special armoured train, a formal welcoming ceremony and a troop review at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, before a banquet with President Xi and his wife. Yet according to state media, the surprise trip to China by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was just an “unofficial visit”.  

  • 27 Mar 2018

    The Trump White House has cracked down hard on Russia with its expulsions, but what about President Trump himself? It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Donald Trump didn’t tweet about, much less personally announce, the move. And his press secretary says he “still wants to work with Russia” . Now some in the US are calling…

  • 26 Mar 2018

    President Trump has weathered many storms in Washington, but none quite like this.The adult film star and director, Stormy Daniels, appeared on CBS’s 60 minutes programme in the US last night, detailing her alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006. She made claims of alleged hush money and threats to keep her silent.The White…

  • 23 Mar 2018

    It’s a David and Goliath story playing out in colder climes. For the last 15 years, Scottish law has allowed crofting communities in the Outer Hebrides to buy, manage and farm the island’s land as they see fit. But now four of them are taking on the might of French-owned energy giant EDF, which has…

  • 20 Mar 2018

    As the tension between the UK and Russia shows no sign of abating, 23 diplomats based at the Russian Embassy in London have flown home. The same number of British diplomats currently posted in Russia will be travelling in the opposite direction later this week in a tit-for-tat move following the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei…

  • 19 Mar 2018

    The EU has offered “unqualified” solidarity to the UK over the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. It urged Russia to answer questions raised by the UK about the poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. At the same time, international chemical weapons inspectors arrived to test samples taken from Salisbury at…

  • 16 Mar 2018

    Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov was found dead at his home in south west London on Monday. Today counter-terror police said they were treating his death as murder after a post-mortem showed the cause of death as “compression to the neck”. Mr Glushkov was a close associate of the oligarch and arch Putin critic Boris Berezovsky,…

  • 12 Mar 2018

    The day began in Salisbury with further searches in more crime scenes, but by mid-afternoon the drama over the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter had gone from local to global. In the Commons, Theresa May accused Moscow of “an indiscriminate and reckless act against the United Kingdom”, giving the Kremlin until…

  • 8 Mar 2018

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the alleged attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter was a “brazen and reckless attack”. But she stopped short of blaming Russia. And Russia has denied involvement. The pair are still critically ill, but the police officer who went to their aid is now able to speak from…

  • 7 Mar 2018

    Police have confirmed tonight that the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent. Both the victims, they said, were specifically targeted in an attack which is now being treated as attempted murder. An officer who was one of the first on the scene in Salisbury was now also…