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Ratings & Reviews

4.5
486.4K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    70+%
  2. 4
    20+%
  3. 3
    4+%
  4. 2
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  5. 1
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  • What’s up with the FedEx video ad running multiple times ? Nov 21, 2020

    By bryanu868
    I really like this app, and have used it for some time. Recently, there are many more ads, which I understand the reasons for, but in the last week or so there is a FedEx video ad embedded in many of the news stories that runs multiple times when you on the same page. If I move the page to scroll down the story, the ad runs, if I touch the screen, the ad runs... It is really irritating, and I’ve tried all the settings I can find to stop it from doing this. Is there a way to prevent it running all the time ??
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  • 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!!!
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  • Dec 22, 2020

    By Guido Motshagen
    Much news is totally superfluous on the main page. Doesn't cover anything outside England enough - if at all. Doesn't deserve the first "B" anymore, change it to "E" for England. Brexit news is a good example how the Guardian beats the Beeb to better coverage. Come on BBC, I've always been friend, not foe, and I used to use you as an example of good news coverage ťo students and my team. Please WORK on a comeback, you still have a reputation to uphold.
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  • Dec 19, 2020

    By HappyDeux
    The app is fine but behaviour is typical of news outlets. Articles have a time stamp on them to show the age of the story, the time stamp keeps resetting, I can only assume because the article has been updated, but I can never figure out what the update is. Typical marketing/sensationalism/clickbait strategy. For me it makes BBC as trashy as any other, they're no different.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Dec 28, 2020

    By Henok
    My issue with the app is the ads plus the reporters names. Specially on an article there is no reporter names which cause transparency with the information, other than the app BBC contents are becoming biased and one sides articles. Even issues not related to Brtain, some of the article are meant to misinformationing people, (based on my experience)
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  • Dec 28, 2020

    By Trisha Gensic
    This app is heavy on celebrity gossip and very light on real unopinionated news. It's tagged as "locally focussed, but that's not happening much either. To make it useful and popular for most both areasvof concern should be addressed. 1) We don't need some young kid (or old fart for that matter) expounding his/her opinion about what's good or bad, what's real or fake, what's right or wrong. Just give us the facts of the story - and keep your opinion to yourself Go. Investigate.
    more
  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Nolan Swain
    The App tracks your location without permission. BBC News app requires no permission, nor can you set denied on location services. Still the adds on the app are harvesting my location data, without my permission. You all need to fix this ASAP. By at least allowing me deny location services to your app.
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  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Hey
    Terrible App. They shove half their "news" into an unreadable feed written by incompetent journalists. They dont label these stories at all so you think you're going to get an in depth article but it will be just a copy of a tweet and two sentences describing it. Twitter is not news. Your friends tweets are not public opinion. Plus, I love being woken up in the middle of the night by their stupid alerts. No other app on my phone does this. Every other app knows has zero problems being inactive.
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  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

  • What’s up with the FedEx video ad running multiple times ? Nov 21, 2020

    By bryanu868
    I really like this app, and have used it for some time. Recently, there are many more ads, which I understand the reasons for, but in the last week or so there is a FedEx video ad embedded in many of the news stories that runs multiple times when you on the same page. If I move the page to scroll down the story, the ad runs, if I touch the screen, the ad runs... It is really irritating, and I’ve tried all the settings I can find to stop it from doing this. Is there a way to prevent it running all the time ??
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Philippe Fossier
    ok app. Will occasionally hang, requiring a hard kill; I love the content but if there is one thing i find terribly annoying is the habit of displaying an image next to the article headline in the main section and when I open the article, the very photo I wanted to see is nowhere to be found, replaced by a totally different one. It feels like click bait.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By skye fehlmann
    Great app and love the news and easy to use. Only negative is the entertainment section seems to have become more of an obituary. I know they are part of entertainment it just feels it needs its own heading.
  • 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?
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  • 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!
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  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Mr X
    Pretty good, but fot some reason a lot of the news for Africa goes to the website, unlike the news for everything else, and recently I've been getting pop up ads that open my browser. If I didn't have these complaints, I would have given five stars.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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!!!
    more
  • Dec 22, 2020

    By Guido Motshagen
    Much news is totally superfluous on the main page. Doesn't cover anything outside England enough - if at all. Doesn't deserve the first "B" anymore, change it to "E" for England. Brexit news is a good example how the Guardian beats the Beeb to better coverage. Come on BBC, I've always been friend, not foe, and I used to use you as an example of good news coverage ťo students and my team. Please WORK on a comeback, you still have a reputation to uphold.
    more
  • Dec 19, 2020

    By HappyDeux
    The app is fine but behaviour is typical of news outlets. Articles have a time stamp on them to show the age of the story, the time stamp keeps resetting, I can only assume because the article has been updated, but I can never figure out what the update is. Typical marketing/sensationalism/clickbait strategy. For me it makes BBC as trashy as any other, they're no different.
    more
  • Jan 10, 2021

    By Paula Durrand
    Used to love this app but the ads are getting too much. Also when in carousel mode and 'backing out' of an article, why does it have to go back to the top of the list and not stay at the news topic I was on? Really annoying!!!
  • 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.
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  • Dec 28, 2020

    By Trisha Gensic
    This app is heavy on celebrity gossip and very light on real unopinionated news. It's tagged as "locally focussed, but that's not happening much either. To make it useful and popular for most both areasvof concern should be addressed. 1) We don't need some young kid (or old fart for that matter) expounding his/her opinion about what's good or bad, what's real or fake, what's right or wrong. Just give us the facts of the story - and keep your opinion to yourself Go. Investigate.
    more
  • Dec 30, 2020

    By V.E. Freestone
    Too much old news, nowhere near enough current news. Pratically a history app and far too many ads and if you sign up for the daily news in your in box the stories lead you back here. All in all very, very disappointing.
  • 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.
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By Sunny Cosmetics
    This App Crashes regularly, the content isn't worldbeating, infact as a representation of the UK government it should perform better. BBC cannot live on brand loyalty driven from the past, it needs to be reliable in this new digital global world. This comment is not a reflection on BBC staff.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    more
  • Dec 28, 2020

    By Henok
    My issue with the app is the ads plus the reporters names. Specially on an article there is no reporter names which cause transparency with the information, other than the app BBC contents are becoming biased and one sides articles. Even issues not related to Brtain, some of the article are meant to misinformationing people, (based on my experience)
    more
  • Dec 29, 2020

    By Nolan Swain
    The App tracks your location without permission. BBC News app requires no permission, nor can you set denied on location services. Still the adds on the app are harvesting my location data, without my permission. You all need to fix this ASAP. By at least allowing me deny location services to your app.
    more
  • Jan 7, 2021

    By Hey
    Terrible App. They shove half their "news" into an unreadable feed written by incompetent journalists. They dont label these stories at all so you think you're going to get an in depth article but it will be just a copy of a tweet and two sentences describing it. Twitter is not news. Your friends tweets are not public opinion. Plus, I love being woken up in the middle of the night by their stupid alerts. No other app on my phone does this. Every other app knows has zero problems being inactive.
    more

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