Ed Howker

  • Published on 24 Nov 2017

    Several major brands have suspended their advertising on YouTube and its parent company Google after adverts appeared on videos where obscene comments had been posted. Companies like Mars, Lidl and Adidas said they were shocked and appalled that the adverts were displayed alongside exploitative and inappropriate content. YouTube have admitted they need to do more.…

  • Published on 18 Nov 2017

    Should polystyrene takeaway boxes and other single-use plastic packaging be taxed? Charging people for using plastic bags has already dramatically slashed the number of those we throw away. In Wednesday’s budget the government says it will gather evidence on how more taxes could further reduce the amount we waste – saying we could fill a thousand…

  • Published on 27 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    How did the crisis reach the point where Catalan leaders declared they had “no other option” but to push ahead with independence. Catalonia is one of the richest regions in Spain and already has plenty of autonomy.

  • Published on 24 Sep 2017 Sections

    Channel 4 News has obtained new footage from the jungle on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. It shows hundreds possibly thousands more still making the desperate journey to safety.

  • Published on 25 Aug 2017 Sections

    Police say they’re carrying out an investigation “of scale and significance” into allegations first raised on this programme about the Conservative Party’s use of a call centre in Wales during this year’s general election. Secret footage obtained by Channel 4 News suggested the party could have breached election and data protection laws. The Information Commissioner…

  • Published on 23 Aug 2017 Sections

    Police in Denmark say DNA testing has confirmed that a headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen is that of the missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Ms Wall was last seen alive on a mini-submarine belonging to Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who has been arrested on suspicion of killing her.

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    It was to have been a leafy vista spanning the river Thames. But the garden bridge has finally been scrapped after the Trust behind the scheme said it couldn’t go ahead without public cash. It blamed the London Mayor Sadiq Khan for failing to support it, but he hit back saying Londoners should be “very…

  • Published on 10 Aug 2017 Sections

    Residents of tower blocks on the Ledbury Housing Estate in South London have been informed their gas supplies will be turned off over fears about the safety. Elsewhere, investigations continue into the cladding system used on Grenfell Tower. Last month, this programme revealed that the government hadn’t ordered testing of a third type of foam…

  • Published on 8 Aug 2017 Sections

    Police in Norfolk say a member of the public could hold the key to solving the murder of an 83-year-old pensioner – stabbed to death as he was out walking his dogs. The man was found with stab wounds to his head and neck on Saturday morning, near the village of East Harling. Police are…

  • Published on 14 Jul 2017 Sections

    A month after the Grenfell Tower disaster, another funeral: this time five year old Isaac, one of the youngest victims, who lived with his family on the 13th floor. But new documents dating back to 2012 show that architects originally wanted to use more expensive, fire-resistant cladding around the building.

  • Published on 11 Jul 2017 Sections

    Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are to be given an extra two weeks to make their case about which issues the forthcoming public inquiry should consider. It comes as 29-year-old Berkti Haftom and 26-year-old Gloria Trevisan were officially identified as victims of the fire. And tonight we have more news on the type of…

  • Published on 4 Jul 2017 Sections

    A Conservative MP has appeared in court over fraud charges relating to his 2015 general election expenses. Craig Mackinlay, the South Thanet MP, his election agent Nathan Gray and senior Conservative party campaigner Marion Little also face charges after an investigation by this programme. All three pleaded not guilty in court.

  • Published on 20 Jun 2017 Sections

    Councils across London are reviewing safety measures in high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. After questions were raised about the cladding used on the west London block, checks are taking place on the materials used on similar buildings elsewhere in the capital and beyond. Industry experts are calling for an urgent…

  • Published on 15 Jun 2017 Sections

    One of the key questions for the public inquiry will be whether the recent refurbishment of Grenfell Tower was a factor in what happened here. Questions have been raised about the material used in the cladding that was added to the concrete walls of the block to help insulation – and about the company that…

  • Published on 14 Jun 2017

    Just last year saw the completion of an £8.6 million refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. The work involved the installation of exterior cladding around the building and the provision of new windows. But could that very refurbishment have played a role in increasing the fire risk at the block? Tonight the Government said that checks would be…