BBC News

BBC News

  • Category: News
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 5.5.0.
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • Developer: BBC Worldwide
  • Compatibility: Android
40,681 Ratings
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BBC News App

The BBC News brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists. Includes: Personalise your news offering with My News Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about. Stories from topics you add will appear in your personalised My News feed. Here you can order stories by topic or time, and use the Manage Topics screen to stay on top of the news of the day. You can also switch the My News by Topic screen to a more traditional carousel view from the Settings screen. Find content fast The app can suggest topics based on stories you’ve recently viewed and what’s in the news now. And you can quickly find topics that interest you using the Topic Search. Choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health, or search for your own subjects of interest, whether they’re people, places, things or themes. More of the news you care about We now offer a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, including: - Most Read and Most Watched. Keep on top of popular stories across the BBC, regularly updated throughout the day - Live BBC World Service Radio. Expertise and insight from our journalists available 24-hours a day and ready to listen to in the background as you browse - Read the best journalism from BBC correspondents - Access to our full range of video and audio - Photo galleries and full-screen images Apple Watch Support: Story summaries, glanceable headlines and breaking news alerts delivered straight to your wrist Other features: - Push notifications for important news stories - Video over cellular and wifi - Improved offline experience. Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them at your leisure - Viewing modes. On iPhone see more stories per index by choosing ‘Compact layout’ from the Settings screen - Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background - Share stories to your social networks, or email/SMS to a friend - Support for dynamic text. The app will respect the font size in your device settings so you can increase or decrease the story text size as suits your preference - Related stories, related topics. Go deeper into a storyline with suggestions for further reading and viewing and a range of topics related to each story If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by Urban Airship on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service. You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications from BBC News in your device’s ‘Notifications’ screen. No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed. The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy. To read BBC’s Privacy Policy go to If you install this app you accept the BBC Terms of Use at

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BBC News app reviews

  • Fake News! 1/5

    By [:]Satya[:]
    Fake News!
  • Frustrating 3/5

    By hunterrenish
    I have been in absolute love with the BBC, ever since I first stumbled upon it. flicking through the channels, aimlessly one morning . Their ability to present the news, at least international news, in an unbiased fashion. Was by far the most credible of the “mainstream media outlets”. My only problem with the mobile version of the site is its limited content, and the frequency in witch they update the articles. Your live platform produces enough spoken word to fill a small book on any day, but on the mobile platform it seems as though you are understaffed due to the limited topics that are covered. you cater so much towards the political aspect of the world, that some grouping like “Science” and “Health” might get one new story a day. Also, even though i agree with your liberal bias, i still think it could be tempered.
  • BBC Apple Watch App 4/5

    By newsdigester
    What happened to the BBC Apple Watch app, the absolutely best news app out there? Please bring it back!
  • Read BBC app every day 2/5

    By Dagdon
    I love the world-wide coverage. Well-written articles. It is very annoying that when you read an article and close it, you are taken back to the top of the feed and have to scroll down to find where you left off. I agree with the above. I finally get so annoyed with the problem of having to start the scroll over whenever I read an article that I just close the app and give up. Please fix this!
  • Good News, Obnoxious Ads 3/5

    By ScottAM2015
    This app has video ads with sound should play when I’m reading a text article. This is unacceptably distracting. The articles are good though.
  • What happened to AppleWatch app? 4/5

    By Jimmynyein
    Bring back AppleWatch app, please.
  • Biased News 1/5

    By RichaSud
    Please don’t spend your time reading their news.
  • Watch app removed 1/5

    By Jacob Tapp
    I downloaded this just for the Watch app but that seemingly has disappeared. Now it’s worthless to me.
  • Google Ads have taken over 1/5

    By Tishimself54
    I don’t mind an occasional ad. But Google ads block out any written news articles under the Popular category. They don’t go away -they just permanently block any possibility of viewing.
  • What happened to Apple Watch? 1/5

    By Hard Rock Andy
    Very disappointed to see the BBC app removed from the Apple Watch. This was one of my primary Watch apps, I like being able to just navigate to the headlines and a sentence without pulling my phone out. So that’s why I’m rating the app 1 Star. As an iPhone app it gets 5 but Apple Watch removal is disappointing.
  • Removed Apple Watch Support 1/5

    By RyanBowmanDesign
    BBC is my number one news resource, and I frequently bring up news headlines on my watch to see what’s going on. What was watch support removed!?
  • great news coverage paralleled with great app design 5/5

    By Joseph Z Zhou
    bbc must have great app developers and this makes reading their news articles super user friendly
  • Version 5.5.0 crashes 1/5

    By MadKingZog
    Version 5.5.0 crashes on my iPhone 6 after displaying the splash screen.
  • Bring back apple watch app 1/5

    By Luigi Bosca
    Please bring your app back to the apple watch. As of version 5.5.0 BBC News is no longer available on my wrist.
  • Apple Watch app missing 1/5

    By Morwen
    I was waiting for you to update your apple watch app and make it better but now it’s gone!
  • Royalty and health topics 4/5

    By Sawtheoriginal
    Royalty; These tend to be woefully out of date, and often have articles that don't even relate to royalty. For people who want to follow the news of the royal family the performance is lame, at best. Health; with all that is going on in health research, little finds it's way into your app. Your editors are asleep at the wheel.
  • Fair & Ballanced 4/5

    By business-traveller-united
    BBC most of the time is reasonably fair and even handed. On occasion promotes liberal ideas.
  • Good But Not Great 3/5

    By Cgerety1
    A good news app. Not as stodgy as the radio BBC. Aimed at a wide audience. I enjoy that it’s not centered on Trump like American news outlets. It should add columnists.
  • Good News 5/5

    By Straight Shift
    The Economist, the Guardian and BBC have not brexited from good reporting.
  • Brilliant, makes sense of this crazy world 5/5

    By Mithril2008
    I love this app, it helps me understand what is happening in the world.
  • A daily goto educational resource. 5/5

    By mjlarson2U
    BBC News via the iPhone app is a daily resource of international, national, and regional news reports that are informative and clearly written with political and economic insights.
  • Best American and world news 5/5

    By spitzj
    What I love about the BBC is that it has the best American news for me, every day, free. It also has excellent world news, which I appreciate. The balanced view is excellent. Keep up the good work.
  • Please release I-player in US 3/5

    By ashsells
    I love BBC news. Shows much better coverage then American news. However I am disappointed there is no live news feature for US residents. US news is so unprofessional compared to the coverage of the BBC. I don’t about who Miranda Lambert is marrying or the car videos sent to GMA’s Facebook I want to see what’s going on it the world. Miss not having that coverage.
  • kmcorbin51 5/5

    By Ohio girl in TX
    Always current and concise reporting. Can depend on getting the complete picture of any current event, including political, health and current affairs.
  • Can be difficult to read. Grey is not clever. 3/5

    By connoiseur
    B on W or viceversa is easIer to read. Keep half tones for photos etc. English MBA from Cranfield. Travel and have lived abroad a lot. I used to choose Beeb for everything. Honesty, I sensed. Trustworthy is top end for me. However....... Now, since the ads started it has just made a ridiculosity of your presentation. Wasting my precious minutes with totally tasteless sales talk. Horrible. Almost unbearable. Idiotic $£ maniacs try to be 'original' to sell their flippin' stuff, while I'm trying to get an educated assessment of world news and a future outlook for my children/grch. Otherwise you'd have a 5*. Keep going Aunty, great work, but tone it UP a bit, PLEASE - or you'll have expiring expats like me on your conscience. GEORGE TP
  • Workdwide Coverage 5/5

    By I have time to read now
    I trust BBC to cover all the worldwide news (and that includes the U.S.) it is very valuable to view and read opinions with fresh eyes.
  • Improving... 4/5

    By NYPC2
    It seems to have recovered from some serious performance issues a few weeks back where it froze and “stuttered” as you were scrolling and became almost unusable. Maybe that was due to a misbehaving ad as I don’t recall the app itself being updated.. The quality of articles seems to be improving too after a period of being in a one sentence per paragraph “staccato” like format that after a while became irritating to read. Also the amount of “soft” non-news (social issue nonsense) seems to have abated somewhat - thankfully.. It’s going in the right direction and still has a very wide range of content for almost every taste - so I upped my rating again... However there are still a few issues: The U.S. news category in the customisable “My News” section can be over a day old, especially at weekends.. It still has an annoying tendency to sometimes drop you back at the beginning of a section after you’ve read an article within that section, rather than back to where you were when you started reading the article. e.g. you can have read an article from say the “sports” section at the bottom of your screen but when you finish it, it drops you back, not at “sports” but at the top of the main screen...
  • Excellent news source 4/5

    By Reepee
    BBC is an excellent news source. Balanced news compared to American news sources lately. And fewer videos, I like to read my news!
  • Bbc is da best 5/5

    By gera gera 123
    Bbc is da best
  • Use to be the best. Now too biased. 1/5

    By Three kids and a dad
    The BBC is unique in the world of major news organizations that it is government funded but fiercely independent of government control. This has enabled the BBC to become the most reliable and unbiased news agency in the world setting the standard for others. Having lives in both the UK and the USA for decades I can testify the contrast between the BBC news and Fox “news” and sadly more recently CNN “news” in the USA is distinct and striking. However I have watched the BBC coverage of the USA take a decidedly biased turn. The BBC were obviously in love with President Barrack Obama and it is difficult to see their coverage of President Donald Trump as anything other than biased reporting. The United States economy is booming and is experiencing the lowest unemployment in SIXTY years including the lowest unemployment for black and Hispanic Americans EVER. Yet Trumps administration is reported as having racist policies and implies Trump is a racist and supporter of alt right groups, but can not identify a single racist statement. His border wall is ridiculed yet Obama, both Bush’s and Clinton all wanted the border secured and knew illegal immigration was dangerous for both America and the immigrants. It’s coverage of Police shootings of black men such as Michael brown and Alton Sterling are even more sloppy. A quick google search and reading some reports of those incidents by Obama’s Department of Justice and the FBI would contradict the tone of Racist American cops. Conversely Radical Democrats such as Cortez receive favorable but not factorable bias despite her “Green New Deal” being so ridiculous it would get a D as a high school economics project and has now even been withdrawn from the Democrats website because it’s so embarrassing. CNN has lost thousands of supporters and viewers because of its non stop attacks on Trump which, wether valid or not, at some point people ask “is this news?” India suffered landslides last year killing hundreds of people and wasn’t mentioned on CNN who were too busy hating on Trump. The “Joe Rogan” podcast now has three times as many listeners as Anderson Cooper 360. The BBC would do well to heed that warning, check the bias of their young interns, and maintain their standing as the premier news agency in the world.
  • Mostly just heavily slanted, leftist propaganda masquerading as objective news 1/5

    By uknowitssadbuttrue
    The British equivalent of NPR - state funded, mockingbird media designed to shape the opinions of the general public in the interests of the globalist elites. Also a treasured source of “irrefutable” current talking points that the non personal characters rely upon to feed their hive mind. Anyone with even rudimentary critical thinking skills should be able to see through the thinly disguised communist regurgitations and constant virtue signaling that permeate nearly every article. I’d give it a 0 if I could. But occasionally there’s something worth reading. Don’t bother to download.
  • Better then news broadcasts in our country 4/5

    By Cstaylorod
    I feel there is more truth to the BBC news then ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox. Less slant or bias. The APP works fine for my use, I enjoy the notifications which I know all other news apps have.
  • Less nonsense 5/5

    By Warpig11b
    As a Yank, I like the BBC and Al Jazeera more than most American sights. Rarely do I hear about Kardashian’s, Beibers or any of that trash! They’re great sites to remind us that there’s a great big world out there.
  • Excellent reporting, good source of world news 5/5

    By Queueman
    The BBC News is informative, not sensationalistic, and covers news from around the world. Most American News organizations act as though we are are the only country that matters.
  • Great app but has an annoying feature 5/5

    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
  • The News 5/5

    By linc2lin
    As a Brit, I appreciate being able to keep up to date with the BBC news.
  • Great news app and Organization 5/5

    By Charrzz
    Very timely news . great succinct writing style. Seems accurate.
  • BBC 3/5

    By IlMrsesq
    Too liberal and anti-Trump.
  • It’s good, it’s free, I get the news I need. 5/5

    By SwiftlyTilt
    As said
  • The news at its best 5/5

    By Señor C.
    When I listen to the BBC news, I have faith that it has been dedicated to uncovering the truth, and that it is presented professionally. From the “BBC4”, to “Beyond 100 Days” and beyond, the BBC news is, in my opinion, amongst the best news organizations in the world.
  • A-one 5/5

    By brooke d.
    Our family watched BBC news on TV every night. It’s our favorite news program. We are very fond of Catty and Christian. The subs are always good also.
  • Excellent 5/5

    By RealNewsAgain
    Ditto what patt7690 said!
  • Not really balanced 1/5

    By Docpresley
    Looking over the BBC as a whole I am surprised at those who call it balanced. They have little to no real conservative representation in their staff, editors or writers. Hence I am forced to look at other sources to get a more balanced view that includes both liberals and conservatives. Sources such as Drudge Report, Fox News and Daily Caller.
  • Oasis 5/5

    By fuzzy winkler
    An oasis in a sea of bull scat.
  • Good app, could be better 5/5

    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.
  • Bias 3/5

    By hoping for real news
    I started going to BBC news to avoid the blatant bias in the American news. But BBC has become more biased too so hardly ever view it anymore
  • Very good but becoming influenced by click-bait 4/5

    By Basic but useful
    I consult this app every day. Excellent news coverage. I do worry that pieces are becoming shorter. Some titles are misleading and/or becoming like click-bait.
  • a cut above 5/5

    By milaraki2015
    Trustworthy in 2019 possible? yes as it has been for decades. I don’t understand the reviews who say it is pessimistic. The news is what it is and in our era of greed, indifference to climate change and rising nationalism it will take a strong stomach to hear real news like BBC provides.
  • Best News! 5/5

    By Love the BBC
    The BBC News is one of the best news reporting stations that I have found! I look forward to watching it every day and I trust it more than any other news reporting source.

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