Expat loyalty 4/5
The BBC has served me well for accurate international news for nearly 30 years of living abroad via radio, then website, and now app. I use American news apps, but the BBC continues to offer more balanced and informed reporting.
During breaking news, I will get the frantic guesses from another news app, but will then wait for the BBC to put out a more considered and verified account of facts. I’m not unusual in being exhausted by news sensationalism.
One star lost because I’d appreciate closed captioning for every word spoken on video if I’ve had to put up with 15 seconds of ads to watch it.
Spans credibility gap 5/5
USA media has become far too biased to be believed.
BBC viewpoint provides a look at what some of the rest of the world thinks about todays issues.
Only time will reveal the truth in hindsight. Meanwhile I can at least get an idea of which version of the news is credible in your opinion.
Great App, but increasing anti-US 3/5
By MustangMan S-Code
BBC is my choice for news. I find out more about home (U.S.) than US news apps. How cool is that? And they give better international news.
Update: I have noticed that BBC is now partisan against non-liberals. Their bias shows too much and they need to reign it in. Report facts; let people decide. Minus 2 stars for bias.
Decent coverage 4/5
Better than American tripe though I get most of my news from select youtube sites, esp. lionelnation....
Doesn’t load on iPad Pro 10.5” 5/5
By BBC Jockey
BBC News has been my go to app since many years. Of late, it doesn’t load properly. Don’t know whether it’s an issue with iOS 11. Please do whatever needs to be fixed. Thanks in advance. Even after updating to the latest iOS version and updating BBC News app, images aren’t loading when the app is opened.
Moving further Left every day 2/5
Over the years, the BBC News site has provided this conservative American with a good respite from the biased liberal mainstream media outlets in the US. The reporting on American politics tended to be largely fair and untainted by any ideology or political agenda. Sadly, that has all changed quite radically over the past several years. The endless criticism of Republicans in general and Trump in particular is nauseating. The daily unchallenged "analysis" on reports from Washington by pundits like Anthony Zurcher are clear proof of the BBC's Leftist bias. We get it already, he hates Trump. Now just give us the unfiltered news.
Great news coverage.
Balanced timely and concise 5/5
Great way to start the day and stay informed
By Geoff Bruce -Ancient Mariner
I don't watch any videos, the repetition of adverts is unacceptable. I can take one per session, but before each video? That's way beyond reasonable
Without a doubt, BBC app is best news out there. Human interest stories from around the world are factual with heart. I turn to BBC first!
Better than any US news apps 5/5
Title says it all, and I’m an American
BBC in other languages? 3/5
It is a great dismay that BBC News fails to provide access to its own news departments in other languages.
Full screen pop up ads, less content 2/5
I want to like this app, really I do. I’m one of many who have enjoyed BBC World Service most of my life. But this app, this app. Changes over the past few years have caused me to delete it, try it again later, and sadly, to delete it yet again. Full page pop up ads, less content, and days-old content mean I’m deleting this app yet again and returning to the radio. No, not the BBC News web site, because that’s as much a mess as the app. World Service Radio is the only place I’ve found where the BBC retains its dignity.
Love the news, the app less so 2/5
Only rating the app here, not the news.
- frequent freezes and crashes, particularly after closing an ad
- one ad, over and over. I get the same ad about 90% of the time. I promise I am utterly uninterested in buying a Hyundai.
- often feature stories (“Around the BBC”) are incomplete - like two or three introductory paragraphs then they end. No links, no indication of anything more, just an abrupt end, often without even reaching the headlined topic.
UPDATE: it’s gone! After four long months of slight annoyance it has been packed away! Thank you!
On “top stories” under “around the bbc” the article titled “the most powerful punch” was posted on June 6. It is still pinned to this list on the main page. as all the other articles get updated, this one stands fast in its place. Keep waiting on updates to take it down and get new articles to replace it. Developers— please take a look and get this article moved out for others.
Otherwise app is great— couldn’t find a good pathway to notify the app developer of this glitch.
Was good until adverts with sound 3/5
By Benjamin Sprinklesworth
Was great. Now I have to watch a 15 or 30 second advertisement to watch one minute of content. Is the BBC struggling that much?
Headlines are too short 2/5
Too hard to decide which stories to read when headlines are as short as something like “Decisive day” with a small photo. Other news apps don’t have this issue and can show more descriptive headlines on small screens.
Keeping up the historical reputation 4/5
By Uncle Mathew
As always, the BBC gives me reliable news.
Is this the same BBC that announced... 3/5
The collapse of WTC7 20 minutes before it happened? They must be a great source of news!
If only I could SEE it... 3/5
By Podkayne 42
Fine, balanced reporting: check. Clear, grammatical, properly spelled & punctuated prose: check. (Getting hard to find in Leftpondia. Bless the Beeb.) Easy navigation: check. Customizable topics focus: check.
Readable font: not so much. I don't know what the font is called, but it makes me squint. It looks very stylish and modern; 20 years ago I might have loved it. But the sans serif font is so fine-lined as to appear pale gray on the white background, a low-contrast combination that strains the eye. I searched in vain for controls to adjust the display. I followed the app support link, but was directed to use my iPad’s controls. Well, really. I already did that and I’m still having trouble. Besides, iPad’s “smart invert” option screws up photos.
Ironically, when I read about a playground for kids with disabilities, the text display was in a nice bold white font on black ground—very high contrast and so easy to read! Now why not let me choose that all the time?
In a perfect world, I would also get to choose specific fonts (Bookerly, anyone?), foregrounds, and backgrounds. (I am fond of yellow on navy blue, but your mileage may vary.) Someday....
So, developers, you lose two whole stars for making it hard for me to use your otherwise five-star app.
Videos don’t play 1/5
Your videos won’t play 80% of the time. Did you notice? Is it time to improve?
HAS accessibility features 5/5
REVISED REVIEW: THIS MORNING, MY VIDEOS HAD CAPTIONS! THANK YOU!!!! 5 STARS!! #ACCESSIBILITY
I appreciate a better view of the news from all over the world. However, please add captioning to the videos to make them more accessible, not just for those with hearing loss, but it would benefit those who can't have the sound up and want to know what the video is about. Everyone wins!
By King Chun King
Many articles come with a left slant, but not in the annoying style we get so often in America. A great app to get headlines from around the world. As for the reporting, it’s ok.
Narrative > Fact 1/5
There are no less than three smear articles in their most popular section on everyone's favorite subject. Check right now, how many can you count? They have no interest in objective reporting they craft a narrative.
Long Ads destroy the app 2/5
Okay, 15 seconds is one thing, 30 seconds starts to get quite annoying (like in-game ads that give game credits). One freaking minute ads though is just non-acceptable. Seriously, stop them or add a skip button.
Great News but the video adds just kills it 1/5
Used to be great but watching a minute add before being able to get to the content causes frustration and mars the experience...
Spoilt by full screen adverts 1/5
Full screen adverts popping up at random have spoilt my previously favourite news app. Now every video comes with a 1min Emirates advert. Who has time for that?
App doesn’t consider LTE as WiFi 3/5
App doesn’t consider LTE connection as WiFi so it will NOT update news
Videos wont start 2/5
After the commercials, which run very smoothly, the news videos fail to start. Sometimes they run after a while but most don't.
Great app, rock solid, functions smoothly and reliably. One of the few apps I'll always have
Clone of ABC news stories 1/5
Tired of the Trump bashing.. They must be a sub news org of ABC... Deleted the app.
Worse than CNN 1/5
BBC goes nuts on their liberal agenda against TRUMP. They forgot their mission (news). Became a leftist opinion station.
I enjoy reading news, not anymore from BBC. Every story comes with agenda. I’ll be happy when they go out of business.
BBC is my go to news source. Always count on unbiased news and accuracy! With grandkids in Europe I can keep track of what's happening!
Want to nap,??? 1/5
By supreme scream
This is for only an app that puts you to sleep within 10 minutes from picking it up. If you're an insomniac and cannot sleep I got this app, and structure and content Shirley wow have you dreaming, And counting sheep before you know it you'll soon be snoring.💤💤💤.
Great news site 4/5
I find the BBC much less biased than US news.
Great unbiased news 5/5
By Rhoda S
I don't read or watch anything else.
Talking heads are empty heads.
Get the news you need and excellent other stories.
How does Zucher stay so beautifully analytical and understandable and above the fray?
A great source for fake news 1/5
Pure leftist propaganda
Awesome news app 5/5
I love this app! I'm really impressed.
Even better than NPR news. And it covers international news in good detail.
I like the videos too. Who has time to read these days. The layout is pretty interesting, it makes me want to review everything.
BBC news-fair balanced as always.
I give it a 10/10. Too bad it has only 5 star I can rate.
Steven MD 5/5
By X k. Flay
Best news source available. Love the format. Never had an issue in 3 years. Covers international news that is often neglected here in the US.
Misleading headlines 2/5
I usually like the bbc website so i thought i would try their apps. After a few months, i have deleted it. At first i thought i was imagining it, headlines such as hundreds dead in bombing and when i tap on the article, that is not what the article says. That is just one example. Delete, because I am done with tapping on headlines to find an article that does not reflect the headline. Get some new editors! Jeez.
Best News coverage 5/5
This app is unbiased, fast, and there aren’t any annoying adds that pop up everywhere. This is great because with every other news app I had to watch a 1 minute add before a video. Great quality and very professional.
Solid global coverage 5/5
By Baker 350
One stop with current events from around the globe
My first and best source 5/5
BBC News has become my first and best source for news. It has breaking news faster than any other source, it is more reliable, and provides links and sources for further verification. I do read the WaPo and the NYT daily and subscribe to their feeds, but I am more impressed with the BBC. In addition, their coverage of unusual and offbeat topics is a welcome respite from the American political docu-drama which engulfs American media. CheersBBC!
I Like Getting a Worldview 5/5
By Elton Malkia Jr
I watch CNN, however, I balance this by reading and watching BBC. I travel a lot. BBC News is vital.
By Restore my game
Complete and excellent writing. 5/5
The range of topic is extensive. The writing is clear.
Trusted news source 5/5
By U.S. Consumer
This is my first go to news agency every day.
Very informative 4/5
By Rita 3535
Like BBC news because from USA, I get another view of things that happen around the world.
I count on BBC news as a trusted news source for world-wide events. The app is easy, informative and always up to date with breaking news, while still providing in-depth reporting on things that matter.
The articles presents more objective view as compared to USA publication. High 5.