Top-notch journalism, sub par overly monetized interface 3/5
What can I say about the BBC? I don’t think there is a better news outfit on the planet. Only NPR comes close in reliability, neutrality, and journalistic excellence. But the user experience of this app has been going downhill over the last few years. A clear, simple and intuitive interface has given way to the demands of shameless monetization. You often have to watch a 30 second ad in order to watch a 15 second (or less) news clip. In-article visual ads are ubiquitous and a huge distraction and eyesore, not to mention trigger-happy and launch way too easily when all you’re trying to do is scroll down. Headlines have been drastically reduced to usually only 2 per region and the organization of topics and the number of news articles in general has suffered. Articles that are not “front page breaking news” have become harder to find. BBC live radio and 1-minute world news video round up are not easy to get to and you can’t set shortcuts for them. I wish they would add support for 3D Touch to be able to quickly launch BBC Live or 1-minuet World News like you can do with the NPR app. 3D Touch has been around for a long time; why does the BBC app still not support this technology after all this time? I hope they fix all this soon. It should not be this hard and unpleasant to get our news from an app in this day and age. No matter how good the quality of the journalism is.
Good stuff 5/5
By Kid nasty
Best news app. Not one sided. Not too liberal and i believe its more on the conservative side. Anyways, this gives you great news notifications and no celebrity nonsense. Nothing negative to say. Must have.
It’s perfect 1/5
By Mr. Malone.
If you want to be kept completely brainwashed to cultural marxism and full bore globalism, this is the app for you.
Too many annoying adds 2/5
I used to really like this news app until adds started getting blasted in my face every time I'm reading a story. Add pops up, starts playing music at the worst times. At school, at work and laying down I always have to turn my volume down just to READ THE NEWS. Bye BBC.
By astors girl
My favorite source for world news and for unbiased news reporting of USA situations. Thank you!
Only essential notifications 5/5
By jaredthe traditionalist
They only notify you about actual note worthy things. Very well written articles
Inappropriate Adverts 4/5
Reading about a couple who allegedly murdered someone, the screen goes black and I’m shown a video advert for what appears to be a beach paradise holiday!
Otherwise excellent app, I’m proud to see reflecting the high standards of the BBC.
Oh and I am on mobile data paying extra to watch the advert?
What happens after Trump? 1/5
I know you have a minimum of 5 negative articles to be written every day about Donald Trump.
Eventually he will leave and you must then write stories about 2 headed babies found in India.
Congratulations, you have beaten the National Enquirer to the bottom.
Annoying ads 3/5
Can’t anyone deliver the news without all the irrelevant ads? I’m a guy and I’ve been getting the same advertisement for women’s wear every time I pull up a story for months now. Guess I’ll be shutting down this app soon.
Some issues 3/5
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.
Persian language 3/5
By محمدعلي ك
It would be great if let us have this app in persian language.
Could be a news app if the loose the agenda. 2/5
Like so many “NEWS” outlets, they have a paid for agenda. They obviously are owned by political propaganda machine. Not as bad as CNN, by a good bit. Even better than USA Today, sometimes. But that doesn’t put the bar very high. News is selective and emphasis are place on stories that support their agenda. Headlines like; “Trump, Like a Child...”. Unbiased reporting doesn’t produce headlines like that. Be prepared to drink their Kool-Aide, in between some select News briefs. Two stars is fair.
The best unchallenged app for international news.
Fast and honest news with a little bit of advertising 4/5
By TJ hedges
The news part is good. Did not like that some advertisements come on when scrolling and the volume is loud with phone volume off. Only way out is to shut app. Besides that a great way to stay up on events with a semi neutral reporting style.
Hijacked by popup add 1/5
By Ed & Juno
The app used to be great, but recent changes have made it unusable. The app is now plagued by popup ads that take over, play music and are not quick to close. The ads pop up now an almost every news article. I get that ads are necessary, but the recent changes in frequency have made the app worthless.
Works like an app is supposed to 5/5
Note that I am not reviewing the BBC’s content. The BBC is my #1 go to app for news; however, it is not just for the stories, the global coverage, or the fair and balanced coverage. It is because the app simply works right. Tap to read, swipe to return to the home screen. How difficult is that? Apparently it’s pretty tough, since the BBC is the only news app I have that I can use with one hand. For that alone, it’s worth five stars.
could be so much better 3/5
apparently there is very little news in the world- the same articles sit there for days. they must not staff the Middle East, as frequently they can find only 3 articles to post. won’t satisfy your world news needs. Reuters is a better bet.
The ads were fine before but now the app forces a video ad to go full screen.
Good Reporting! 5/5
By Tn. USA
Always interesting and informative reporting.
Hide Home Indicator in Full-screen Video 4/5
The app is great. Just a quick suggestion: please hide the home indicator on iPhone X when viewing video in full-screen. (As an example, the YouTube app does this very well).
Updated review 3/5
I learned to live with this app and appreciate the good things while ignoring those I didn't care for. BUT now you have added a stridently loud ad that unexpectedly bursts into noise as I scroll down an article. No way to stop it except exiting app. This one may prove to be something I literally cannot live with.
PLEASE remove this intrusive ad.
Bring back the old app. This one is pedestrian -- in trying to look like everyone else, you have lost what made you unique: order. Why do I need another news app that looks like all the rest?
Please get rid of the pop up ads 1/5
Great app until the latest version which now has ads that take over the screen and auto play obnoxious video in the middle of an article. Please revert to inline ads as previous before users start leaving.
Deleting! Damned music pop-ups! 1/5
By Hooked on Sandford
Basic content and organization is first rate.
Lately I’ve been getting loud music pop-up ads.
No effin’ thank you!
Deleting app NOW!
Beware auto play ads 1/5
Pop up ads now take over the app experience. BBC News has always been my reliable source for unbiased reporting but now I can’t read it for the ads. Sent a comment but received no response. If this continues into the new year I will drop the app entirely.
pop up video ads make the app terrible to use 1/5
Garbage app.. I can’t listen to music and read an article without a video ad taking over my audio.
Annoying ad 2/5
They need to remove ad that pops up with loud music.
Very good news. 5/5
I find most American based news outlets to be shallow and sensationalist and therefor rely on BBC both worldwide and in America for my news. I look to BBC to provide actual reporting of actual events, worldwide and in the United States and to report on more than rescuing cats out of trees and the daily shooting report that seems to come up every day in this country.
Obnoxious advertising!! 1/5
Suddenly, ads pop up filling the whole screen and playing loud music. You can click them off, but it's very disrupting. I will give it one more try, but if another pop up happens, I will be deleting this app.
The ads start playing randomly. I don't want a commercial for Mexico blasting off as I read my news. Going to stop using BBC.
Ads took over 2/5
The ads recently started playing video and annoying music without being touched. App is now removed from my devices.
Annoying pop up ads taking over 1/5
Everything was great until recently. For the past week or two, an ad for Paradisus Los Cabos now appears constantly and just scrolling by it makes it pop up and take over the screen blasting it's music. It's on every page and I'm at a point of looking for alternatives to getting my news. You have one week to remove ads like those or I'm out of here.
Love the app but FIX IT PLEASE! 4/5
Some of the most interesting stories are in the BBC Capital section but due to some parsing errors with BBC Capital content, only the first paragraph shows up in the app. I am getting tired of the teaser and also of the workaround needed to continue reading. I have to try to share the article, then select just the URL portion, then click on Look-Up, then search the web to be able to launch it in the browser.
I just deleted the app 1/5
Your gonna hate it now you will be reading a story and a pop up advertizment video starts playing iut loud in your face it startled me for the last time ill get my news elsewhere
Great perspective 4/5
By fun challenges
I like how the BBC has such a worldly perspective. I learn about so much more of what’s happening in the world in their app than in most other news apps.
Keep it up!
(4 stars for (sometimes) obstructive ads. I understand you need to make money, but full-screen pop-ups are a bit much)
Ads popping up a huge turn off 1/5
Ad videos are popping up automatically dominating the entire screen. It really is a huge turn off when a video ad is shoved in your face. I’ll be looking elsewhere to get my news
Annoying new update 2/5
Latest updates plays loud annoying music for a lower placed advertisement. Can’t be shut off. Same music every time app is opened. Why antagonize your readers into becoming unwanted listeners?
Bitchy Broadcasting Corporation 1/5
By #say no to bbc
The BBC represents the ego and arrogance of a fallen empire that still thinks it can sermonise India without question.
Get rid of that stupid notion and your hatred for Indians and Hindus. Get rid of your bigotry and hypocrisy first. Let’s do a roll-call of the series of crimes that plagues the BBC.
Paradisus anyone? Wow... this ad literally blocks my entire screen when I scroll thru EVERY article. Not worth it, back to biased CNN
Just got annoying 3/5
While reading stories, an ad pops up playing loud music. Very annoying.
Force-feeds audio ads - uninstalled 1/5
By Happy Mealz
If you open a story to read, within a moment or two and ad takes over the app complete with amped-up rock music. In the past, they had enough sense to make intrusive add silent. I guess they now feel they need to advertise to all millennial’s in proximity when pushing their ads at one user. One less user here.
Why, BBC? I used to love your app! 2/5
By Blarghy McBlarghbottom
🔅 Unbiased News
🔅 Prompt Reporting
🔅 Great World News Coverage
🔅 Clunky Layout
🔅 Bad Editing (grammar/spelling)
🔅 POP UP ADS WITH AUDIO
🔅 POP UP ADS WITH AUDIO
🔅 POP UP ADS WITH AUDIO
🔅 POP UP ADS WITH AUDIO
🔅 POP UP ADS WITH AUDIO
Pop up ads have rendered this app useless. Please find a way to monetize your app that doesn’t completely destroy the user experience. I will be looking forward to you making your app functional again.
Loud Ads Automatically Play 1/5
Be sure to remember to reduce your phone volume to 0 before you open the app. It automatically plays video ads in full screen and blasts your speakers even if you are reading a standard article that contains no videos.
Automatically playing loud ads???? 1/5
There I am discreetly attempting to read a news story only to have a video ad open by itself, without being selected, all while blaring some obnoxiously loud music! What the heck are you thinking? I’m ok with viewing/looking at silent ads so that I can read my “free” news stories, but video ads should be restricted to videos only, right?
Noisy audio ads 1/5
UPDATE: Sorry to say that I have to delete this app because of the raucous auto play ad that comes up. I have autoplay set to NEVER in Settings but it still assaults my ears and has no off/skip button
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I like the news, but the audio that starts soon after starting the app is driving me buggy - no way to turn them off!!
Give us an off button, please.
Used to be good 2/5
This was until recently an excellent app. Recently though, it includes video ads that automatically play, suddenly blasting music while I’m trying to read the news. This is extremely obnoxious and distracting and I’ve has to stop using the app.
Loud ad pop ups 2/5
For the third time in the last week a loud ad popped up while I was checking the news. So I deleted the app!
Loud video ad has become a nuisance 1/5
Easy reading and comprehensive coverage.
But recently a video ad selling you a trip to Relax in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for $405 starts playing with the volume on max volume. I don’t play videos at night. Please BBC don’t wake up the whole family - many of your news readers just want to read at night.
Auto plays video ads 1/5
I used this app for years and it was my go to news source. The ads have gradually gotten worse, first with the full screen pop ups over the past year and now this month it has begun auto pop up of video ads that play with a loud volume. The app is essentially unusable. Will delete soon if not fixed.
More Pop-up Ads 1/5
Always pop up. Have to stop them, go back to where you were, and start to read article again. Toss this on top of bias d reporting and it’s only good reading in the WC.
Auto play audio ads - deleted 2/5
Great app except for the awful auto play ads. Too bad