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BBC News

Media Applications Technologies for the BBC

The official BBC News app for UK audiences.

4.4 Ratings 246K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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

4.4
246.2K+ Ratings
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  • Great app but has an annoying feature Feb 12, 2019

    By DaveyRavey79
    Great quality news with customized news feeds. As an expat in the USA it’s good to get more worldly news. But it has a small yet annoying thing. When you are reading an article and go back to the news listing you are sent back to the top of list. This is annoying as you have to then scroll all the way back to where you were. I’ve used many other news app and none have this and returns you to the place you were before. Not major but wish they would fix it
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  • Jul 13, 2020

    By Anne Carpenter
    It is very good but will not allow me to send feedback as the website does on the laptop. Also on the BBC website I sed to be able to press on something to immediately change the language of the information on the screen. It seemed to disappear one day. I have repeatedly asked the BBC how to access this facility nowadays and nothing ever materialises. Very frustrating. Tricky finding other aspects of the BBC website too.
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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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  • Jul 22, 2020

    By Ranjith Rajendram
    The layout is too cluttered, and not focused on news. The 'news' should occupy all or most of the main page, instead half of the page is long lived stories etc. I have to navigate to multiple pages just to read the days news. A redesign is needed if you want to retain people like me.
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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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  • 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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  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Sandra Malone
    Items not that easy to find & small/thumbnail images used are more often than not not actually used in the article which is very annoying at times. Overuse of Twitter feeds - if I wanted to see what people said on Twitter would go there - this is NOT reporting BBC, it's just lazy plus you tell us what so & so said then publish their Twitter remark saying it, which is often too small to read should you want/need to. Don't know what happened to the BBC but is pretty crappy now.
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  • Aug 10, 2020

    By R B
    Heap of bug-ridden almost unusable, junk with stories that are generally days old and cannot possibly be described as news. For some reason the editors think it a good idea to insert inane comments from some hack half-way through an article thus breaking whatever flow it might initially have had.
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  • Jul 17, 2020

    By Imaginative Firefly
    First off all, the BBC was the best news broadcaster and newsagent but now it has(in the app) rather than taking a neutral stance, taken a politcally skewed stance and only tries to show content that fits its politcal view and purposefully degrades and slanders anything that is against it rather than actually telling the story and or truth. I still have hope for the BBC to turn things around as certain reporters aren't biased however the majority are and it makes me ashamed to see it like this.
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  • Jul 15, 2020

    By Mark Brown
    Please remove the Twitter integration. Every article I read seems to have the embedded Twitter widget, which sends data to Twitter. I do not want a third party tracking what I read. I come here just for news; if I wanted integrated tweets I'd install Twitter.
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  • Great app but has an annoying feature Feb 12, 2019

    By DaveyRavey79
    Great quality news with customized news feeds. As an expat in the USA it’s good to get more worldly news. But it has a small yet annoying thing. When you are reading an article and go back to the news listing you are sent back to the top of list. This is annoying as you have to then scroll all the way back to where you were. I’ve used many other news app and none have this and returns you to the place you were before. Not major but wish they would fix it
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  • Jul 31, 2020

    By Josephine Gardiner
    Good solid news app, such a relief not to have stupid intrusive adverts (which are making most news sites unusable, because they are now disallowing adblockers). You might consider changing your typeface to a serif one. Personally I find typefaces like Arial difficult to read, as well as unattractive. Otherwise all good.
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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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  • Aug 4, 2020

    By Adrian Rudd
    Ha - one review says Beeb are Lefties and the next says they are Righties... Well, there are no adverts, overlays or pop-ups, so it's winning here (though I know I pay for it with my licence fee). Aug 2020; I have many issues with the BBC coverage of Covid-19, but I still give 5 stars because they are an island of trusted journalism in a quagmire of fake stories circulating online.
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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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  • Aug 3, 2020

    By A Google user
    There is too little of the type of news I want to read. It often parrots the rubbish on line which I do not rate and is often more about political bias rather than true facts, but it has improved a little even though it is often too late to update mistakes and changing situations. The BBC should offer better value for the licence fee.
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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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  • Jul 13, 2020

    By Anne Carpenter
    It is very good but will not allow me to send feedback as the website does on the laptop. Also on the BBC website I sed to be able to press on something to immediately change the language of the information on the screen. It seemed to disappear one day. I have repeatedly asked the BBC how to access this facility nowadays and nothing ever materialises. Very frustrating. Tricky finding other aspects of the BBC website too.
    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
  • Jul 22, 2020

    By Ranjith Rajendram
    The layout is too cluttered, and not focused on news. The 'news' should occupy all or most of the main page, instead half of the page is long lived stories etc. I have to navigate to multiple pages just to read the days news. A redesign is needed if you want to retain people like me.
    more
  • Jul 25, 2020

    By Vanessa Morgan
    This enough app but doesn't give enough option's to personalize it's ok if you like football, you put in the area you want news from and it contains nothing but football news nothing about ACTUAL news from that area. Not everyone likes football. Too corporate for it to be objective in its over view.
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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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  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Sandra Malone
    Items not that easy to find & small/thumbnail images used are more often than not not actually used in the article which is very annoying at times. Overuse of Twitter feeds - if I wanted to see what people said on Twitter would go there - this is NOT reporting BBC, it's just lazy plus you tell us what so & so said then publish their Twitter remark saying it, which is often too small to read should you want/need to. Don't know what happened to the BBC but is pretty crappy now.
    more
  • Aug 10, 2020

    By R B
    Heap of bug-ridden almost unusable, junk with stories that are generally days old and cannot possibly be described as news. For some reason the editors think it a good idea to insert inane comments from some hack half-way through an article thus breaking whatever flow it might initially have had.
    more
  • Jul 17, 2020

    By Imaginative Firefly
    First off all, the BBC was the best news broadcaster and newsagent but now it has(in the app) rather than taking a neutral stance, taken a politcally skewed stance and only tries to show content that fits its politcal view and purposefully degrades and slanders anything that is against it rather than actually telling the story and or truth. I still have hope for the BBC to turn things around as certain reporters aren't biased however the majority are and it makes me ashamed to see it like this.
    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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  • 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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  • Jul 15, 2020

    By Mark Brown
    Please remove the Twitter integration. Every article I read seems to have the embedded Twitter widget, which sends data to Twitter. I do not want a third party tracking what I read. I come here just for news; if I wanted integrated tweets I'd install Twitter.
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  • Jul 23, 2020

    By Fabio
    Biased "entertainment". Simply not a legitimate source of news anymore. Such a shame. The BBC were once respected. Not anymore. Will be glad to when I can finally opt out for paying towards this joke of a broadcaster. News is not a person/group opinion.
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  • Jul 13, 2020

    By Ginger Scruff
    Until the recent update, once you had read a story you were returned to the same place in the carousel view. Now you are taken back to the start and have to scroll across again to get back to where you left off. A completelty stupid change. Time to uninstall.
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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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