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BBC News

Media Applications Technologies for the BBC

The official BBC News app for UK audiences.

4.4 Ratings 256K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

Ratings & Reviews

4.4
256.4K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    66+%
  2. 4
    19+%
  3. 3
    5+%
  4. 2
    3+%
  5. 1
    7+%
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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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Carmelo B
    Actually quite good now... v.6.x, only irritations are; when it opens same page of items rather than single article. Also, when it opens their article in page rather than app native. Otherwise very good.
  • 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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  • Apr 1, 2021

    By John Hunter
    When looking at newspaper front-pages, the summary at the bottom of the page used to disappear with one tap, reappear with another. Now it's there permanently, blocking a clear view of the lower area when zooming.
  • 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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  • 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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Rachel 1234
    As of a few days ago, the share button doesn't work, it just goes back to the main screen when i press it, so i can no longer share articles/links to articles.
  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Matt Turner
    No dark mode, reading offline hasn't ever worked as advertised, and notifications aren't customisable (so "Breaking News" could be imminent danger or celebrity gossip).
  • Mar 31, 2021

    By K B
    You have not explained what ALL the permissions are for. ### Why have you not disclosed that the 26th June 2020 update adds two more privacy invading permissions? ## It's absurd not to be able to resize text within the app itself, I don't want to make system wide changes!
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  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Andy W
    New layout a bit naff, not sure why they reduced the number of stories you could see.. it was OK before but a bit pants now..

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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
  • Mar 29, 2021

    By Sue Burn
    Generally very happy with this App. It enables me to taylor my viewing to News items which are of interest, rather than wade through all. Regularly use it at Breakfast time but also dip in and out during the day.
  • 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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  • Apr 1, 2021

    By Mary Brown
    I like the way I can adapt my news interests and only see items which I prefer. I enjoy the different types of news reviews including video and long reads. Overall, where I tend to go for my initial news source.
  • 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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Carmelo B
    Actually quite good now... v.6.x, only irritations are; when it opens same page of items rather than single article. Also, when it opens their article in page rather than app native. Otherwise very good.
  • 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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  • Apr 1, 2021

    By Brian Brooks
    Great so for BBC news. But the word-searching functionality is poor. And a recent update somewhere means that pictures of e.g. the newspapers are covered in text. Needs testing to uncover stuff like this (or listening to reviewers 🙂)
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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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  • 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
  • Apr 1, 2021

    By John Hunter
    When looking at newspaper front-pages, the summary at the bottom of the page used to disappear with one tap, reappear with another. Now it's there permanently, blocking a clear view of the lower area when zooming.
  • 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...
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  • Apr 2, 2021

    By Deborah Minifie
    It's not as good as the website. You cannot for example look for UK news from a menu, but you can find a UK news tagged article, then get all UK news. Awkward to use on occasions
  • 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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  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Matt Turner
    No dark mode, reading offline hasn't ever worked as advertised, and notifications aren't customisable (so "Breaking News" could be imminent danger or celebrity gossip).
  • 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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  • Apr 4, 2021

    By clifford parry
    Old news in the main, very little up to date News. Content very poor in the main, and grammer appallingly bad. The BBC is emplying idiot's.
  • 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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  • 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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  • Apr 6, 2021

    By Rachel 1234
    As of a few days ago, the share button doesn't work, it just goes back to the main screen when i press it, so i can no longer share articles/links to articles.
  • Mar 31, 2021

    By K B
    You have not explained what ALL the permissions are for. ### Why have you not disclosed that the 26th June 2020 update adds two more privacy invading permissions? ## It's absurd not to be able to resize text within the app itself, I don't want to make system wide changes!
    more
  • Apr 7, 2021

    By Andy W
    New layout a bit naff, not sure why they reduced the number of stories you could see.. it was OK before but a bit pants now..
  • 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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