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BBC News

Media Applications Technologies for the BBC

The official BBC News app for UK audiences.

4.4 Ratings 253K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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

4.4
253.1K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    67+%
  2. 4
    19+%
  3. 3
    5+%
  4. 2
    3+%
  5. 1
    6+%
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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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  • Dec 27, 2020

    By Daren Timson-Hunt
    Okay, but could be better. Search facility is not great and often trying to find specific news information os frustrating and should be easier. An example is the Covid stats, which seem to disappear from time to time or are buried in other news items. Also news on the BBC now seems to be the same as other news agencies (including pictures), which indicates that the BBC is using the same standard news agencies - such a pity as it lacks independence.
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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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  • 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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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Gren W
    Not a bad app but was better when the notifications were about 'breaking news'. When you saw the icon flash up you wanted to read the story and find out what was happening. Now it's just any old story that they want to push in front of you.
    more
  • 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 27, 2020

    By William Kane
    The new version available in beta has a small selection of about 6 news articles. When this roles out reader will no longer be able to access the news, custom topics, local news, tech news, or anything apart from curated headlines. Do not role out the new version. If you have this app installed, disable automatic updates.
    more
  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Deano956
    The app is okay, whoever's running it needs to have a serious think about what the term "breaking news" means. Seems that I get notifications for things I'd barely describe as worth-while news and certainly not breaking news.
  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Paul Winstone
    The BBC like to take pride in their impartiality, but over the last year, they've shown nothing but the opposite with their decisions. It's not just the app, the leftwing bias continues thru the website, news channel & ads for their programmes. Pandering to the woke generation in articles on the app and PC selected photos that ultimately discriminate against white males in particular. What happened to balanced reporting? The app is free, I suppose. The TV licence is not!
    more
  • Jan 1, 2021

    By Martin Phillips
    Unfortunately the journalism function at BBC News has stopped working. Primarily a government propaganda vessel now. I am uninstalling until I hear from a trusted source e.g. Channel 4 news, that it has been resolved.

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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 ??
    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
  • Dec 28, 2020

    By Stu Tucker
    The widget was good until recently as now you get a small rectangular widget. But to make it bigger I discovered once you select the widget swipe to the right and you can change the grid size. The app itself was displaying blank tiles previously so I had to uninstall and reinstall the app which resolved the issue.
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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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  • 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?
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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 5, 2021

    By Luka Hernon
    This app is very good in terms of informative articles however the speed of which articles are changed/renewed with new and different articles is a bit slower for my personal subject news. That is why I have given it a 4 star rating.
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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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  • Dec 27, 2020

    By Daren Timson-Hunt
    Okay, but could be better. Search facility is not great and often trying to find specific news information os frustrating and should be easier. An example is the Covid stats, which seem to disappear from time to time or are buried in other news items. Also news on the BBC now seems to be the same as other news agencies (including pictures), which indicates that the BBC is using the same standard news agencies - such a pity as it lacks independence.
    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!!!
    more
  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Gren W
    Not a bad app but was better when the notifications were about 'breaking news'. When you saw the icon flash up you wanted to read the story and find out what was happening. Now it's just any old story that they want to push in front of you.
    more
  • Jan 8, 2021

    By David Hill
    It's okay, could be updated a bit more regularly, some news items seem to hang around for ages, just padding out the pages.
  • 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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  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Deano956
    The app is okay, whoever's running it needs to have a serious think about what the term "breaking news" means. Seems that I get notifications for things I'd barely describe as worth-while news and certainly not breaking news.
  • Jan 4, 2021

    By peter duncan
    Doesn't seem to update automatically very well and scrolling to adjacent headlines often doesn't work (yes, I have checked and there are other headlines it should be letting me navigate to). Does however take me to the newa app but so would the news app shortcut.
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  • 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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  • 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 27, 2020

    By William Kane
    The new version available in beta has a small selection of about 6 news articles. When this roles out reader will no longer be able to access the news, custom topics, local news, tech news, or anything apart from curated headlines. Do not role out the new version. If you have this app installed, disable automatic updates.
    more
  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Paul Winstone
    The BBC like to take pride in their impartiality, but over the last year, they've shown nothing but the opposite with their decisions. It's not just the app, the leftwing bias continues thru the website, news channel & ads for their programmes. Pandering to the woke generation in articles on the app and PC selected photos that ultimately discriminate against white males in particular. What happened to balanced reporting? The app is free, I suppose. The TV licence is not!
    more
  • Jan 1, 2021

    By Martin Phillips
    Unfortunately the journalism function at BBC News has stopped working. Primarily a government propaganda vessel now. I am uninstalling until I hear from a trusted source e.g. Channel 4 news, that it has been resolved.
  • Jan 5, 2021

    By THX 1138
    This is not a news app - it's a left-wing women's magazine. While important events are occurring, the app gets fixated on trivia, transgenderism, activists' causes, and Britain-bashing. If you want politically correct trivia and human interest stories from a biased left-wing perspective then this is the app for you. If you want objective news about world events, give it a miss. The BBC has fallen far, as evidenced in both this app and it's TV output.
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