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BBC News

Media Applications Technologies for the BBC

The official BBC News app for UK audiences.

4.4 Ratings 250K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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The official BBC News app for UK audiences.
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Ratings & Reviews

4.4
249.6K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    67%
  2. 4
    19%
  3. 3
    5%
  4. 2
    3%
  5. 1
    6%
  • 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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  • Oct 14, 2020

    By Stephen Logsdail
    The app is mainly easy to use although bbc news content has become increasingly unsatisfactory over the last 18 months. The reporters need to get out of London, reflect the balance of views of the country, not their own views primarily. When quoting research sources, please give a link. By all means simplify, but don't cut off the more detailed information at that time. Up to date cover infection rate lags other publications. We trust you, but you could do better. Ask the public, not each other.
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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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  • Oct 3, 2020

    By momina dar
    Phenomenal. This app provides quality news articles, with a compatible widget so I can see news stories at a glance. The design is fresh and clean, and provides interesting analysis articles as well as informative news stories about current events. Much better than other news companies who exaggerate their news stories and have biased articles. I have and always will trust the BBC.
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  • 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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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Xxwolfylover23xX
    I have been trying to keep up to date with the brexit news. I thought it was odd that the bbc wasn't reporting on it and was just reporting on covid. Then i went directly to the website and discovered the content i was after. It turns out that for some reason the bbc news app isnt updating properly anymore and im not getting the full set of content that you do on the website. I have a work issued iphone and that seems to suffer the same problem as well.
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  • Oct 1, 2020

    By Nova Hob
    Can we have a dark mode? Please use my TV license money for development, and put it to good use! Also two new permissions in latest update but not explained why you need then in the description. So can you explain before I update? Also why do you need to view my WiFi connections? Not updating, app works fine without this permission!! What were you thinking with the new menu design. Before it looked like a professional app, now the slide out menu looks like some amateur designed it!
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  • Oct 2, 2020

    By William T. Riker
    What the hell have you done to it? All I can see is the top stories, I can't pick specific topics to look at news for. Closest I've found to that is the "My News" option but it splits the topics into several sections. I just wanna be able to look at Technology, Science and Politics man.
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  • 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
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Bill Comer
    So, it works fine. I just wish it could have a 'no football' filter on local pages. I can't stand football and it just dominates all the local pages.
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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.
    more
  • Oct 3, 2020

    By momina dar
    Phenomenal. This app provides quality news articles, with a compatible widget so I can see news stories at a glance. The design is fresh and clean, and provides interesting analysis articles as well as informative news stories about current events. Much better than other news companies who exaggerate their news stories and have biased articles. I have and always will trust the BBC.
    more
  • Oct 14, 2020

    By Becky Allen
    I have to be honest I don't overly like watching BBC News on the TV as I don't overly like the reporters, but it's 100% my go to News online. Unlike some news outlets you know you're going to get an accurate account of the news rather than an exaggerated one. It's great for the news nationally, internationally and local which is another thing I love about it. It's easy to find you're way around & I like that you can get further info on reports if you want a more in depth look at stories.
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  • Oct 21, 2020

    By Stefanie Stroud
    Its normally very easy to find which article you're wanting to read on this brilliant app. I love it. I also like the news alerts on my phone too. Especially during this Covid-19 pandemic. It's great to keep up with what's going on especially if any areas locally go into lockdown.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
    more
  • 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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  • Oct 14, 2020

    By Ken Ducker
    Good as far as it goes. However some niggles - it says that there updates but doesn't highlight what these are when you do update; there isn't a return touch to bring you back to top stories at top of page, and some background stories are retained long after they are outdated.
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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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  • Oct 14, 2020

    By Stephen Logsdail
    The app is mainly easy to use although bbc news content has become increasingly unsatisfactory over the last 18 months. The reporters need to get out of London, reflect the balance of views of the country, not their own views primarily. When quoting research sources, please give a link. By all means simplify, but don't cut off the more detailed information at that time. Up to date cover infection rate lags other publications. We trust you, but you could do better. Ask the public, not each other.
    more
  • 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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  • Oct 23, 2020

    By Calum MacDonald
    It used to have a logical and clear drop down list of categories eg Scotland. Now I have to find some current Scotland story and click on that (tho I may have no interest in the ctual story) to get into the Scotland section. Very annoying.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Xxwolfylover23xX
    I have been trying to keep up to date with the brexit news. I thought it was odd that the bbc wasn't reporting on it and was just reporting on covid. Then i went directly to the website and discovered the content i was after. It turns out that for some reason the bbc news app isnt updating properly anymore and im not getting the full set of content that you do on the website. I have a work issued iphone and that seems to suffer the same problem as well.
    more
  • Oct 1, 2020

    By Nova Hob
    Can we have a dark mode? Please use my TV license money for development, and put it to good use! Also two new permissions in latest update but not explained why you need then in the description. So can you explain before I update? Also why do you need to view my WiFi connections? Not updating, app works fine without this permission!! What were you thinking with the new menu design. Before it looked like a professional app, now the slide out menu looks like some amateur designed it!
    more
  • Oct 2, 2020

    By William T. Riker
    What the hell have you done to it? All I can see is the top stories, I can't pick specific topics to look at news for. Closest I've found to that is the "My News" option but it splits the topics into several sections. I just wanna be able to look at Technology, Science and Politics man.
    more
  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Bill Comer
    So, it works fine. I just wish it could have a 'no football' filter on local pages. I can't stand football and it just dominates all the local pages.
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  • Oct 26, 2020

    By Eva P
    It asks me to sign in in order to comment eventhough I've already signed in the app. Why? Because it just uses it as an interface and loads bbc articles from the bbc website in a browser. No integration into the app. What's the purpose of this app then? Complete garbage.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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