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    Reviewed by Laura S on January 11, 2018

  • A welcome break from US Media... Nov 29, 2018

    By DaBKLYNKid
    Like all sources of News, it has its god and bad but then again that’s just what makes news what it is.......I do prefer fact oriented news which saves the writers opinion for the OPINION PAGES and I firmly believe that it is a Editor’s Duty to enforce such a policy, however today’s Media Outlets are more interested in getting a story out rather than fact checking. This condition runs rampart in the US and continues to cause great to grief. In general, folks want factual news and not ACOSTA TYPE BIAS.......whether it be directed at the Left or the Right.
  • Very pessimistic May 1, 2018

    By Botchybear
    This app focuses mostly on the distressing news throughout the world. It repeats it ad nauseum. There is so much news out there, it would be good for this app to broaden its horizons. It gives a bit of news from the most "noisy" places (repeatedly), but fails miserably in wider coverage. If it's not bad news, this app doesn't cover it. Except of course for the little Royals. Now that's cute. The main problem that I have with it is that if you want to read one of the stories and you happen to be way down in the column on the story, when you finish reading it and go back to the column it puts you all the way back up to the top of the column instead of where you were. That is extremely frustrating have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the column where you were!!!
  • May 7, 2021

    By Mary Hosty
    Some of your ads are quite tacky, and verge on the disturbing. They offer nothing that this user would be interested in, and in some cases their patterns strobe which can be an issue for certain users. Also, this user already has several excellent and unimpeachable sources for t-shirts.
  • Apr 30, 2021

    By Freya Härzinger
    The news is good, and reasonably unbiased as it goes. App is pretty decent, though I still preferred a much older, simpler, less resource-hungry version. It's gone through phases of obnoxious advertising (really, BBC? Adverts?) but not too bad at the moment.
  • wrong end of day’s news. Dec 16, 2019

    By OrchidDeb
    To more knowingly be able to assess the neutrality of news reporting (which should be the gold standard), this rating should have been after one has read the day’s articles with, perhaps, a more critical eye. Also, a simple 1 through five star system is ludicrous. In reading reviews, some focused on videos, some focused on bias, some focused on layout and presentation, some focused on breadth of coverage. It is easily possible to have perfect scores in one area, and atrocious in another. Does 3 stars mean great reporting, bad video? Or perhaps it means great video, poor reporting? What does the simple 3 star rating really mean, if anything?
  • Gets more annoying to use... Mar 25, 2021

    By NYPC2
    I’ve really gone off this app lately. The content is still “OK” although is steadily being eroded with “soft news” stories taking the headlines from “hard news”. I suspect activists in the newsroom... Also the app itself has got a bit more annoying to use. As with other apps, many elements are far too big. There is far too much scrolling involved. I wish there was a compressed view or at least an option to turn off or make the photos smaller. The “menu” is now in exactly the spot where you’d be inclined to press a “home” button resulting in many unintended trips to settings. It’s also literally the word “menu” instead of the 3 bar “hamburger” icon that’s now an accepted standard. ...and the topmost news story is now butted right up against the red header bar with no border. Apart from it looking inconsistent from the other stories, it leads you to think that part of what your looking at is scrolled out of view, so inclines a user to pull down on it... Like I say, still has good content, but it’s becoming more “annoying” to use...
  • Apr 28, 2021

    By Heather Caudery
    The app is, on the whole, reasonably good. However, on two different devices, I find that the "Around the BBC", photos don't show; where the photos are supposed to be, there are just blank areas - not even place holders. Is there any chance of fixing this problem?
  • Good perspective; annoying bug Nov 19, 2018

    By Solarbear16
    It’s nice to have a news source that has a broader perspective. I can get a variety of articles on US news, as well as a wide range of world news that’s unavailable elsewhere. Some reviewers complained that the news is “left,” but they don’t get that the rest of the world sees the current administration for what it is! However... as others have mentioned, after reading most articles, the app doesn’t return you to where you left the main page; instead it takes you back to the top, and you have to scroll back down to find your place. Annoying!
  • A welcome break from US Media... Nov 29, 2018

    By DaBKLYNKid
    Like all sources of News, it has its god and bad but then again that’s just what makes news what it is.......I do prefer fact oriented news which saves the writers opinion for the OPINION PAGES and I firmly believe that it is a Editor’s Duty to enforce such a policy, however today’s Media Outlets are more interested in getting a story out rather than fact checking. This condition runs rampart in the US and continues to cause great to grief. In general, folks want factual news and not ACOSTA TYPE BIAS.......whether it be directed at the Left or the Right.
  • Very pessimistic May 1, 2018

    By Botchybear
    This app focuses mostly on the distressing news throughout the world. It repeats it ad nauseum. There is so much news out there, it would be good for this app to broaden its horizons. It gives a bit of news from the most "noisy" places (repeatedly), but fails miserably in wider coverage. If it's not bad news, this app doesn't cover it. Except of course for the little Royals. Now that's cute. The main problem that I have with it is that if you want to read one of the stories and you happen to be way down in the column on the story, when you finish reading it and go back to the column it puts you all the way back up to the top of the column instead of where you were. That is extremely frustrating have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the column where you were!!!
  • May 7, 2021

    By Mary Hosty
    Some of your ads are quite tacky, and verge on the disturbing. They offer nothing that this user would be interested in, and in some cases their patterns strobe which can be an issue for certain users. Also, this user already has several excellent and unimpeachable sources for t-shirts.
  • Apr 30, 2021

    By Freya Härzinger
    The news is good, and reasonably unbiased as it goes. App is pretty decent, though I still preferred a much older, simpler, less resource-hungry version. It's gone through phases of obnoxious advertising (really, BBC? Adverts?) but not too bad at the moment.
  • wrong end of day’s news. Dec 16, 2019

    By OrchidDeb
    To more knowingly be able to assess the neutrality of news reporting (which should be the gold standard), this rating should have been after one has read the day’s articles with, perhaps, a more critical eye. Also, a simple 1 through five star system is ludicrous. In reading reviews, some focused on videos, some focused on bias, some focused on layout and presentation, some focused on breadth of coverage. It is easily possible to have perfect scores in one area, and atrocious in another. Does 3 stars mean great reporting, bad video? Or perhaps it means great video, poor reporting? What does the simple 3 star rating really mean, if anything?
  • Gets more annoying to use... Mar 25, 2021

    By NYPC2
    I’ve really gone off this app lately. The content is still “OK” although is steadily being eroded with “soft news” stories taking the headlines from “hard news”. I suspect activists in the newsroom... Also the app itself has got a bit more annoying to use. As with other apps, many elements are far too big. There is far too much scrolling involved. I wish there was a compressed view or at least an option to turn off or make the photos smaller. The “menu” is now in exactly the spot where you’d be inclined to press a “home” button resulting in many unintended trips to settings. It’s also literally the word “menu” instead of the 3 bar “hamburger” icon that’s now an accepted standard. ...and the topmost news story is now butted right up against the red header bar with no border. Apart from it looking inconsistent from the other stories, it leads you to think that part of what your looking at is scrolled out of view, so inclines a user to pull down on it... Like I say, still has good content, but it’s becoming more “annoying” to use...
  • Apr 28, 2021

    By Heather Caudery
    The app is, on the whole, reasonably good. However, on two different devices, I find that the "Around the BBC", photos don't show; where the photos are supposed to be, there are just blank areas - not even place holders. Is there any chance of fixing this problem?
  • Good perspective; annoying bug Nov 19, 2018

    By Solarbear16
    It’s nice to have a news source that has a broader perspective. I can get a variety of articles on US news, as well as a wide range of world news that’s unavailable elsewhere. Some reviewers complained that the news is “left,” but they don’t get that the rest of the world sees the current administration for what it is! However... as others have mentioned, after reading most articles, the app doesn’t return you to where you left the main page; instead it takes you back to the top, and you have to scroll back down to find your place. Annoying!
  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Erin McLaren
    I love that the BBC is one of the most reliable news sources in English available for free in the USA. They always use reputable sources and don't feed into weird conspiracy theories, like much of US corporately funded news organizations that rely more on ratings. The BBC has a history of good quality writing, excellent research, and equitable coverage. To me, it's not really news until I see that the BBC has covered it.
  • Good app, could be better Feb 7, 2019

    By KarateGirl22
    Tons of other reviews have touched on the pros and cons of this app, so I’ll skip right to my peeve. When I’m in an article and I swipe left to right, I want to go back to the list of articles (headlines), not the previous article in the list! I didn’t tap that article because I didn’t want to read it. I don’t want to have to tap the tiny little back arrow in the top left corner. I WANT TO SWIPE. This is a stupid design. Going article to article right to left, fine. But get me out of article hell left to right.
  • Live Stream is terrible Jan 31, 2020

    By KashandBiddy
    Save yourself the hassle of downloading this app. I was hopeful that the recent update would fix the live stream problems, but nope. I get about 15 minutes of broadcast and then the app pauses the stream and then ultimately crashes or hangs there expecting you to unpause it every few minutes until it finally crashes. Strangely I have had the same crashing issue of World Service on other apps too, so it is not specific to this app, but more specific to their stream, which is now no longer worth trying to listen to due to how broken it is. I know that the world wants broken up news reports instead of a proper stream though.....oh wait. I have been having this issue for over six months and no amount of bug reports has seen improvements made. Others in the reviews report the same thing and the developers clearly aren’t capable of fixing it or don’t care.
  • May 2, 2021

    By Miriam Ahmed
    I don't use the app interface, I really only have this for the homescreen widget. I like the quality, global perspective and relatively objective reporting from the BBC, and I love the ability to customize the size of the widget. But the widget never updates despite being set to update frequently. Just shows the same stories for weeks and months. Have to click into app to see newer stories. For my purposes, it's pretty useless and I'm looking for an alternative
  • May 8, 2021

    By Scott H
    Really annoying that when you click on a video it starts a 30-60 second video ad that CAN'T be stopped. Even if you close the app and turn off your phone it KEEPS PLAYING!
  • Buggy & Advertising Issues Dec 24, 2020

    By MrRawrz
    When scrolling through articles, they will stack on top of each other occasionally and make it nearly impossible to click an article. Even worse are the advertisements. Previously they just slowed down the app to almost unusable rates. Now videos will automatically open without me clicking them as soon as they are scrolled into view, which I’m sure is against some rules somewhere. I even checked my app options and I have videos set to NOT auto open and to NOT auto play. You all really need to figure out your advertising problems in the app.
  • New update is not good Oct 4, 2020

    By young_hyson
    I gave it awhile to try and get used to the new ui but it’s just worse. I mostly have just used my news and the tabs are terrible. I got so much information quickly by seeing very small pictures and headlines grouped by custom topic. Now I have to do so much more scrolling and swiping. Often my screen is consumed ENTIRELY BY 2 STORY PREVIEWS while scrolling through the latest news. I don’t need preview pictures that large! Lastly the ads always seem to render after the content has loaded and there is no placeholder for the unloaded ad, creating an obnoxious shift in content once the ad loads and takes up pixel space. Please do something
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Stuart Jones
    Great app until a couple of weeks ago. Now can't even open it without crashing. Hoping for a bug update soon?
  • Poor performance Jun 21, 2020

    By nickname.doCreate
    App is becoming increasingly halting and jumpy to scroll, to the point where controlling position is quite difficult and frustrating. An increasing number of stories aren’t actually ready to view when chosen, resulting in the dreaded “Loading …” status. There is no way to tell prior to choosing to read the article whether it’s one of them. I would gladly avoid them, were there a badge to warn of this or an option to omit them from the list. The “starting at the top of the list” problem when returning from a story greatly magnifies the frustration.
  • Scrolls back to top after you read an article Apr 29, 2020

    By Newest newer
    When you read an article then go back to the home page, sometimes the app will go back to where you were on the home page. Other times when you read, and go back to the home page, it will scroll back to the very top; it’s very frustrating when you were reading an article near the bottom of the home page, and you have to scroll all the way to the bottom again to read the next article, and find where you left off on the home page.
  • Works well, though it has its quirks. Apr 21, 2020

    By Nathan Christopher
    The app is a bit of a mess. It frequently gets unstable and scrolling becomes intolerably jumpy. Restarting the app helps for a little while. It also has a number of odd quirks: It has a habit of sending you to the top of a given list of stories when navigating back to the list from a given story, which is frustrating when you are trying to work through a list but don't want to read everything. It also has the occasional habit of sending you to random list/stories when you tap on a story.
  • The recent update ruined the app usability Nov 17, 2020

    By UW0tM80
    I don’t really mind the change in the interface, but whenever I try to navigate every 5 seconds or so, it keeps on opening full screen ads to the point it’s unusable. It has so much ads that I two full screen ads taking over my screen on top of one another. Ad videos are auto playing in full screen video player and unskippable full screen ads also pop out on opening articles. Reading news now feels like playing a children’s mobile game drenched with ads. I cannot recommend this to anyone if this doesn’t get fixed.
  • img Community
    Curious about the Coronavirus and how to stay safe from the viral infection? This tool from the British Broadcasting Corporation can help with keeping you informed. It showcases 24/7 news from BBC reporters working to give you the latest information plus breaking news on the virus and other related issues.
    img by Christina
    1 year ago
  • img Expert
    1. More personalization, better performance: your highly customized news feed, now available for offline reading
    2. Exclusive My News feature lets you select topics and stories for a custom news carousel specifically tailored to your interests
    3. Smart browsing technology suggests more news stories based on your recent views and trending events

    Reviewed by Laura S on January 11, 2018

  • A welcome break from US Media... Nov 29, 2018

    By DaBKLYNKid
    Like all sources of News, it has its god and bad but then again that’s just what makes news what it is.......I do prefer fact oriented news which saves the writers opinion for the OPINION PAGES and I firmly believe that it is a Editor’s Duty to enforce such a policy, however today’s Media Outlets are more interested in getting a story out rather than fact checking. This condition runs rampart in the US and continues to cause great to grief. In general, folks want factual news and not ACOSTA TYPE BIAS.......whether it be directed at the Left or the Right.
  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Erin McLaren
    I love that the BBC is one of the most reliable news sources in English available for free in the USA. They always use reputable sources and don't feed into weird conspiracy theories, like much of US corporately funded news organizations that rely more on ratings. The BBC has a history of good quality writing, excellent research, and equitable coverage. To me, it's not really news until I see that the BBC has covered it.
  • Good app, could be better Feb 7, 2019

    By KarateGirl22
    Tons of other reviews have touched on the pros and cons of this app, so I’ll skip right to my peeve. When I’m in an article and I swipe left to right, I want to go back to the list of articles (headlines), not the previous article in the list! I didn’t tap that article because I didn’t want to read it. I don’t want to have to tap the tiny little back arrow in the top left corner. I WANT TO SWIPE. This is a stupid design. Going article to article right to left, fine. But get me out of article hell left to right.
  • May 2, 2021

    By Annar Ramji
    The scope of world news around politics along with other diverse areas such as Arts, Culture, Health, History, Nature etc. are the highlights of this app. It stimulates and enriches the mind and one's knowledge. Thank you.
  • App has recently become glitchy when scrolling please fix! Otherwise great!!! Jun 26, 2020

    By fjjdhsgsggd
    I have ben using this app for years and its my go to for news. Unfortunately about a month or two ago, it has become somewhat glitchy when scrolling, maybe because so many people are using it now? I wish they would do an update to fix that, I can usually get it to settle down if I close out the app and re-open it. But, as far as content goes, this will continue to be my preferred method for news.
  • May 7, 2021

    By Lidia Walters
    I love the BBC for its accurate reporting on news around the world. Before news breaks in the USA BBC breaks the story. Its the first thing I read each morning.
  • Video links broken now - updated. Jun 4, 2020

    By rrrrbbb
    It seems like a change has resulted in any video within the app not being playable. This isn’t a geographic location issue as copying the link to story and opening it in Safari will result in that very same video being viewable. ETA. After a response from the app developer they indeed seem to have fixed this now. I have amended my rating to reflect this but have left the original issue posted for transparency purposes. Good job and thanks for the fix!
  • What would I do without it? Apr 7, 2020

    By dvotchka
    Live stream often glitchy (like right NOW) ..... but overall a good app, I listen to the live feed every day and read a good many of the articles I find herein. One small glitchy problem: the app does sometimes shut down for no discernible (to me) reason. Due to the lack of international news in the US main-stream media, I rely on UK and EU news sources such as the Beeb. And I am grateful to have access.
  • May 4, 2021

    By Linda Corley
    I really like the easy layout of the news. I like that there are news stories to read and videos too. Current, relevant and excellent reporting.
  • Apr 28, 2021

    By Tariq A Rana
    I always rely on BBC, unbiased, authentic and professionally edited news source. For reason of simplicity and trust, it can provide ' one window ' experience. Thanks BBC and God speed.
  • Apr 30, 2021

    By Freya Härzinger
    The news is good, and reasonably unbiased as it goes. App is pretty decent, though I still preferred a much older, simpler, less resource-hungry version. It's gone through phases of obnoxious advertising (really, BBC? Adverts?) but not too bad at the moment.
  • wrong end of day’s news. Dec 16, 2019

    By OrchidDeb
    To more knowingly be able to assess the neutrality of news reporting (which should be the gold standard), this rating should have been after one has read the day’s articles with, perhaps, a more critical eye. Also, a simple 1 through five star system is ludicrous. In reading reviews, some focused on videos, some focused on bias, some focused on layout and presentation, some focused on breadth of coverage. It is easily possible to have perfect scores in one area, and atrocious in another. Does 3 stars mean great reporting, bad video? Or perhaps it means great video, poor reporting? What does the simple 3 star rating really mean, if anything?
  • Apr 28, 2021

    By Heather Caudery
    The app is, on the whole, reasonably good. However, on two different devices, I find that the "Around the BBC", photos don't show; where the photos are supposed to be, there are just blank areas - not even place holders. Is there any chance of fixing this problem?
  • Good perspective; annoying bug Nov 19, 2018

    By Solarbear16
    It’s nice to have a news source that has a broader perspective. I can get a variety of articles on US news, as well as a wide range of world news that’s unavailable elsewhere. Some reviewers complained that the news is “left,” but they don’t get that the rest of the world sees the current administration for what it is! However... as others have mentioned, after reading most articles, the app doesn’t return you to where you left the main page; instead it takes you back to the top, and you have to scroll back down to find your place. Annoying!
  • Best news source May 19, 2020

    By HAL|9000
    Best source for to keep up with US news and news from around the world. American news sources are SO inordinately focused on domestic news and Trump-idiocy news as to be boring and repetitive. Thank you. Would normally give 5 stars, but for the frequent app crashes that have become the norm over the last few months. Multiple crashes during one viewing session of about 30-45 minutes. Suggestion: When a new version fails to work properly, go back to a previous version that DOES work. Introduce newer versions only when they’ve been properly vetted.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Fin land
    This service gives me an ever ready news source that can be relied upon for integrity. I feel there is too much focus on the US when there are lots of things happening elswhere and that if its possible to find sad news that is given priority over happy news. Apart this editing policy the service is excellent.
  • Bugs and lagging May 29, 2020

    By bubbeleve
    I don’t usually write reviews, but I’ve had this app for about a year and all of a sudden the app now lags and bugs out every time I open it. I cannot press into videos anymore, the advertisements always block an article when I’m trying to view it, and it takes me about 30 swipes upward to get down the page. Though the news is “REAL NEWS,” some of the people writing these articles have some pretty awful spelling errors... and that’s bad-let’s be honest. I hope one of the developers or admins will see this and make the app better as it once was!
  • May 4, 2021

    By A Google user
    Some of the news, in bright red. The app seems to work fine, in itself. Devs are not responsible for news content, only how the app appears and works - so, good job. Request : night mode please.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    By S H
    BBC News seems to be a solid app. Their content is usually excellent IMHO. Only negative is a small one, that while browsing articles, the amount of advertising is a biy much, but its not ( yet) intrusive inside any one article one opened. . . . Apr 2021
  • Apr 13, 2021

    By Bob Galloway
    For me, a good reliable news app deserving of trust. From five to four stars for now (March 13, 2021), because the app immediately shuts down when started in Samsung Dex on a Galaxy S21, U.S. T-Mobile build, OneUI 3.1, android 11.
  • Very pessimistic May 1, 2018

    By Botchybear
    This app focuses mostly on the distressing news throughout the world. It repeats it ad nauseum. There is so much news out there, it would be good for this app to broaden its horizons. It gives a bit of news from the most "noisy" places (repeatedly), but fails miserably in wider coverage. If it's not bad news, this app doesn't cover it. Except of course for the little Royals. Now that's cute. The main problem that I have with it is that if you want to read one of the stories and you happen to be way down in the column on the story, when you finish reading it and go back to the column it puts you all the way back up to the top of the column instead of where you were. That is extremely frustrating have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the column where you were!!!
  • May 7, 2021

    By Mary Hosty
    Some of your ads are quite tacky, and verge on the disturbing. They offer nothing that this user would be interested in, and in some cases their patterns strobe which can be an issue for certain users. Also, this user already has several excellent and unimpeachable sources for t-shirts.
  • Gets more annoying to use... Mar 25, 2021

    By NYPC2
    I’ve really gone off this app lately. The content is still “OK” although is steadily being eroded with “soft news” stories taking the headlines from “hard news”. I suspect activists in the newsroom... Also the app itself has got a bit more annoying to use. As with other apps, many elements are far too big. There is far too much scrolling involved. I wish there was a compressed view or at least an option to turn off or make the photos smaller. The “menu” is now in exactly the spot where you’d be inclined to press a “home” button resulting in many unintended trips to settings. It’s also literally the word “menu” instead of the 3 bar “hamburger” icon that’s now an accepted standard. ...and the topmost news story is now butted right up against the red header bar with no border. Apart from it looking inconsistent from the other stories, it leads you to think that part of what your looking at is scrolled out of view, so inclines a user to pull down on it... Like I say, still has good content, but it’s becoming more “annoying” to use...
  • No “good news” Nov 25, 2018

    By tastybento
    The app itself is fine, but the stories are mostly negative angles on events or just plain negative events. For example, vandalism, deadly accidents, murders, hate crimes, etc. Politics comes in for it too where there are no positive stories on what the various leaders or governments around the world are doing, only negative or neutral ones. Unless you have a bulletproof psyche, the written content will get you down. Best to stick to the one-minute news video and just get the headlines. No wonder young people don’t bother with the news because it’s so depressing if you only read it from this app.
  • Biased Dec 23, 2018

    By witchparker
    I love the international coverage but the US coverage is very one sided. Recent example: The Trump administration have repeatable said his withdraw of troops is not a “Mission Accomplished” situation and the fight against ISIS has entered a new era. While I don’t like the decision, you keep saying he said they he said the fight is over. He said the caliphate ie the “country” of ISIS is defeated. His point is, and you know this is that they are going to be like Al Ciada, and the Taliban, still dangerous, but still there but a shadow of themselves, but you keep saying/implying Trump said it’s all over. You are misrepresenting, on purpose what he Said!
  • Some issues Jan 9, 2018

    By Jkegs.
    Great reporting. This is my goto source, but I have some qualms. The biggest is the annoying tendency of the app to refresh to the top of the page whenever it wants as I’m scrolling through and reading various stories. By the time I get to the end I’ve had to find my place again several times. 2nd issue is that sometimes I come across articles that are a couple sentences long with no real plot or story. No video or links either. Just strange and somewhat frustrating when I start to read it because it sounds like an interesting topic.
  • Updated review Dec 30, 2017

    By Kitanocho
    I learned to live with this app and appreciate the good things while ignoring those I didn't care for. BUT now you have added a stridently loud ad that unexpectedly bursts into noise as I scroll down an article. No way to stop it except exiting app. This one may prove to be something I literally cannot live with. PLEASE remove this intrusive ad. Bring back the old app. This one is pedestrian -- in trying to look like everyone else, you have lost what made you unique: order. Why do I need another news app that looks like all the rest?
  • May 8, 2021

    By Douglas Quackenbush
    Like all liberal news sources, political biases blume in the reports. But I do appreciate the whole world reports on demand that one finds nowhere else. Thank you fir that.
  • Somewhat slanted... Jun 22, 2018

    By Huntington84
    Love getting the news from around the world. And the format is by far the best as far as news apps go! But I do occasionally wonder if what I’m reading about other countries are as leftist-slanted as the reports on Trump are. They don’t give him a break! As horrible as they make him sound, when he’s really been quite impressive, I wonder if the rest of the world is also happier than they’re sometime made out to be here. I guess take it all with a grain of salt and realize that people want drama and bad news. So news outlets deliver.
  • Please just let me pay to get rid of ads. Dec 13, 2020

    By Hansmolemon
    I love the app, great way to browse news but please just let me pay to get rid of the pop-up video ads. If you just scroll past one it automatically pops up and starts playing and if the app is open even in the background it automatically starts playing audio if I hook my phone up to my car or Bluetooth and I have to force quit to get it to stop playing. This is so incredibly invasive and there are no preferences to turn it off. 5 stars once you let me buy an ad-free version.
  • May 8, 2021

    By Scott H
    Really annoying that when you click on a video it starts a 30-60 second video ad that CAN'T be stopped. Even if you close the app and turn off your phone it KEEPS PLAYING!
  • Buggy & Advertising Issues Dec 24, 2020

    By MrRawrz
    When scrolling through articles, they will stack on top of each other occasionally and make it nearly impossible to click an article. Even worse are the advertisements. Previously they just slowed down the app to almost unusable rates. Now videos will automatically open without me clicking them as soon as they are scrolled into view, which I’m sure is against some rules somewhere. I even checked my app options and I have videos set to NOT auto open and to NOT auto play. You all really need to figure out your advertising problems in the app.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Stuart Jones
    Great app until a couple of weeks ago. Now can't even open it without crashing. Hoping for a bug update soon?
  • Poor performance Jun 21, 2020

    By nickname.doCreate
    App is becoming increasingly halting and jumpy to scroll, to the point where controlling position is quite difficult and frustrating. An increasing number of stories aren’t actually ready to view when chosen, resulting in the dreaded “Loading …” status. There is no way to tell prior to choosing to read the article whether it’s one of them. I would gladly avoid them, were there a badge to warn of this or an option to omit them from the list. The “starting at the top of the list” problem when returning from a story greatly magnifies the frustration.
  • Scrolls back to top after you read an article Apr 29, 2020

    By Newest newer
    When you read an article then go back to the home page, sometimes the app will go back to where you were on the home page. Other times when you read, and go back to the home page, it will scroll back to the very top; it’s very frustrating when you were reading an article near the bottom of the home page, and you have to scroll all the way to the bottom again to read the next article, and find where you left off on the home page.
  • Works well, though it has its quirks. Apr 21, 2020

    By Nathan Christopher
    The app is a bit of a mess. It frequently gets unstable and scrolling becomes intolerably jumpy. Restarting the app helps for a little while. It also has a number of odd quirks: It has a habit of sending you to the top of a given list of stories when navigating back to the list from a given story, which is frustrating when you are trying to work through a list but don't want to read everything. It also has the occasional habit of sending you to random list/stories when you tap on a story.
  • Great for lovers of tiny fonts! Oct 7, 2018

    By dvenwa
    Lovely tiny font, it's got. Which cannot be changed within the App itself. Nope, you gotta go to System Settings on your device and do it there. Which means of course that EVERYTHING will then present in large font which is not what I want to do AT ALL. And those intrusive ads that suddenly appear right in the middle of paragraphs as you're reading or scrolling, OMG, how annoying is that. Which is why when I want to catch the beeb nowadays, I typically use Safari instead - what with its zoom options, and ad-blockers, why even bother with the irksome app!
  • Crashes every time... Jul 9, 2020

    By @UrMomsPlace
    ...I begin to scroll through a news article. Like very first second the whole app crashes. On iPad Pro with fast internet connection. Very buggy and loaded with ads. Also before it would consistently crash every time, after you have read an article and want to go back to the main page, you end up on the top rather than where you were. Very annoying to miss the place where you were when going through the various news articles.
  • Could be great, but has problems May 19, 2020

    By srolinson
    This could be a great news application, but there are a few issues that get really frustrating. Performance seems to drop to the point where scrolling becomes jerky and unresponsive. The other main issue is the advertising. I appreciate the need for advertising revenue and I am more than happy for there to ha adverts with in the content, however when the adverts obscure content because they haven’t given the appropriate spacing, it feels like there was a lack of testing done for the international version of the app.
  • Good news, bad app Aug 2, 2019

    By Jbbbb4465
    The news source is excellent and some of the most well written and topical stories you can find but the app itself leaves quite a bit to be desired. The ads they auto stream to you will actually pause your currently playing audio and won’t restart it once you scroll past. This happens for each story you open and even when on the same story you scroll back up to the top past the ad again. Not great if you’re listening to music or podcasts
  • Live Stream is terrible Jan 31, 2020

    By KashandBiddy
    Save yourself the hassle of downloading this app. I was hopeful that the recent update would fix the live stream problems, but nope. I get about 15 minutes of broadcast and then the app pauses the stream and then ultimately crashes or hangs there expecting you to unpause it every few minutes until it finally crashes. Strangely I have had the same crashing issue of World Service on other apps too, so it is not specific to this app, but more specific to their stream, which is now no longer worth trying to listen to due to how broken it is. I know that the world wants broken up news reports instead of a proper stream though.....oh wait. I have been having this issue for over six months and no amount of bug reports has seen improvements made. Others in the reviews report the same thing and the developers clearly aren’t capable of fixing it or don’t care.
  • May 2, 2021

    By Miriam Ahmed
    I don't use the app interface, I really only have this for the homescreen widget. I like the quality, global perspective and relatively objective reporting from the BBC, and I love the ability to customize the size of the widget. But the widget never updates despite being set to update frequently. Just shows the same stories for weeks and months. Have to click into app to see newer stories. For my purposes, it's pretty useless and I'm looking for an alternative
  • New update is not good Oct 4, 2020

    By young_hyson
    I gave it awhile to try and get used to the new ui but it’s just worse. I mostly have just used my news and the tabs are terrible. I got so much information quickly by seeing very small pictures and headlines grouped by custom topic. Now I have to do so much more scrolling and swiping. Often my screen is consumed ENTIRELY BY 2 STORY PREVIEWS while scrolling through the latest news. I don’t need preview pictures that large! Lastly the ads always seem to render after the content has loaded and there is no placeholder for the unloaded ad, creating an obnoxious shift in content once the ad loads and takes up pixel space. Please do something
  • The recent update ruined the app usability Nov 17, 2020

    By UW0tM80
    I don’t really mind the change in the interface, but whenever I try to navigate every 5 seconds or so, it keeps on opening full screen ads to the point it’s unusable. It has so much ads that I two full screen ads taking over my screen on top of one another. Ad videos are auto playing in full screen video player and unskippable full screen ads also pop out on opening articles. Reading news now feels like playing a children’s mobile game drenched with ads. I cannot recommend this to anyone if this doesn’t get fixed.
  • Worst news app Apr 18, 2019

    By Isaiah86
    This has to be one of the worst news app I have ever downloaded. I have deleted it four times in the last two years. Reloaded it after updates and still have the same issues with it. Aside from the app I dont know who puts up the stories and who is in charge of proofing it. But whoever isn’t doing there job or they just do not know how to spell. Either way a news station this big having these issues is very embarrassing if you ask me. I would give half a star if it was an option!!!! Don’t waste your time if you want clear good news
  • Astounding Nov 27, 2019

    By non offensive nickname
    This app functions nicely, if the intent is to publish op/ed columns under the guise of actual journalism. Objectivity and tolerance are both words that have been lost from the English language... most notably BBC’s NA & political editor. Truly amazing, objective articles can be found scrolling through science, astronomy, physics, and archaeology categories. And many others. But the US and NA news makes no attempt to present an unbiased fact based article. See: PROPAGANDA definition... information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
  • Content Often Incomplete in App vs. Web and other annoyances. Nov 20, 2017

    By J.A.G. 66
    All too frequently, one opens an article and it is unusually truncated. When opened via a browser, it there is quite a lot more. This has been the ongoing for the last several iterations and the app has no function to apprise the Beeb app developers. Aside from the incredible liberal bias, too often clicking on an article requires yet another click to read an article one has already shown interest in reading. Why? On the former, you expect the Beeb to be in the centre but may as well read the Guardian and all things Morrisey
  • Mostly just heavily slanted, leftist propaganda masquerading as objective news Feb 16, 2019

    By uknowitssadbuttrue
    The British equivalent of NPR - state funded, mockingbird media designed to shape the opinions of the general public in the interests of the globalist elites. Also a treasured source of “irrefutable” current talking points that the non personal characters rely upon to feed their hive mind. Anyone with even rudimentary critical thinking skills should be able to see through the thinly disguised communist regurgitations and constant virtue signaling that permeate nearly every article. I’d give it a 0 if I could. But occasionally there’s something worth reading. Don’t bother to download.
  • Style gets a 'C', content an 'F' Jun 2, 2019

    By Barnabas2Paul
    Horrifically laden with embedded trackers and garbage - probably the single worst web site particularly when viewed from a browser that identifies all the embedded and tagged junk that CNN spews out to their advertisers and analytics subcontractors. The only thing worse than the general navigation is the content which is always liberal, far-left appealing pablum. No balance. Want proof? Use newseum and balance front pages from known left and right then count hits on CNN site. Why not just call it CNN/MSNBC/left and FOX/right? At least that is honest journalism.
  • Audio ads while phone on silent Dec 19, 2020

    By Stephen19162020
    I’ve used this app for years. As of December 2020 the app now starts playing an ad, with audio despite my phone being set to silent. Very annoying and quite embarrassing if you open it at the wrong time. It is insane for any app to override the phones silent setting. Since this is the first issue I’ve had, it is the first time I’ve noticed that there is now obvious help of feedback option to let the developers know about this. I’m going to have to delete and get my news elsewhere.

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