Great app, but... 3/5
...every story is stuffed with Google ads for women's clothing, and no amount of reporting it as "not relevant" changes the ads. :-/
BBC News app 5/5
Great! In general like text/photos more than vids; saves Mb and Gb
Animated ads 1/5
The news stories themselves are good. This used to be my primary source of news. The problem is the animated advertisements which are distracting the reader from the story. Perhaps that is the intent but when ads get shoved down my throat like that I delete any apps that use them and look for something better.
App consistently fails to load stories - an ongoing issue over several versions. 2/5
By Bali Hai
The app fails to load articles making it nearly impossible to use or enjoy. I have deleted and reinstalled it several times to no avail. All other news apps load perfectly except BBC. Most unfortunate as I would prefer to use it for the quality of the articles but it is impossible when articles fail to load.
Needs a dark mode 4/5
Please add a Dark mode to the settings. Thanks.
Soothing balm for homesickness 5/5
Balanced, unbiased and reassuring
Used to love the BBC 1/5
By Christopher W. Hearne
They seem to be turning into a primary left wing organization, not as fair and balanced as it used to be.
Concise informative 5/5
Well written. Informative. Concise. My go to place for news
ADS are annoying!! 3/5
Every time you watch a video you have to watch an ad and it’s the same ad over and over and over! Ridiculous!
Bravely covers the world! 5/5
By William Roger Davis
Terrific & timely look & listen @ happenings among our national & world neighbors! Many thanks!
Stop it with the AUTOPLAYING FULLSCRREN NOISY VIDEO ads. Awful.
Truly Balanced News 5/5
Gave up on CNN, Fox and Al Jazeera, although if you read all three on the same subject and put them in a blender you may end up with something balanced. Refreshing coverage and good to see an Africa section
Better, more accurate news. 5/5
Good diversity of stories and perspectives.
Ads taking over 1/5
Used to be my favorite app so much easier than the other big network apps and so neutral I still like all of that but this ad popping up in my face when I’m trying to read an article, taking over my screen and then moving me over to Safari browser and I have to shut the whole system down... I forget what I was even looking at.....
So I guess I’ll see you later :((
Stop repeating same stupid commercials this is app not tv 1/5
Totally fell apart, news is not commercials that interrupt news is now making me delete your app. None stop repeating same commercials is not acceptable, maybe if they were good commercials but they are not.
Lots of interesting news 3/5
Not just event news, also political, social, scientific, sports, and other stuff. Great variety.
BUT! Too many articles are cut short. You get half-way through the story and it comes to a sudden stop. I assume the rest in on the website, but I want it all in the app so I can finish the story without changing device.
By I❤️ Laïca
Great app! News stories are constantly updated, always well written and the simple swipe controls makes it very easy to use. A must have for anyone interested in what is happening in our world.
Hard to use 1/5
While reading stories on my iPhone, the article will randomly reset to the top of the page forcing me to scroll down to find my place again. Makes it very hard to read an article.
When browsing into a sub-topic and returning to the main window, the app resets the top of the page rather than the sub-topic location which means I have to scroll down again to where I left off.
Love it, but... 4/5
I have used and loved this app for ages. But recently there have been increasing number of articles that start really interestingly - but then end suddenly. Like they only uploaded half of it. No link to read it elsewhere. Very annoying. Please fix!
What a fantasyland the "journalists" for BBC must live in as their fairy tales are so far divorced from reality its hard to stop laughing (if you've enough idle time on your hands) as you read them. Am glad the site is free for its not worth even a farthing.
Refreshing take on what's happening in the world 5/5
I love knowing I can get a totally different view of the news that are important to me. Consider the BBC a friend and whether its on the tv, or social media I always check and verify what I'm hearing at home
It's OK. 3/5
Not as good as NPR but OK. It has more bias than than public radio but less than commercial news. Most articles are longer than they need to be, like they are trying too hard.
By wuzzle wozzle
I love BBC and it’s my go to for news. The app is usually good, but the past week or so it’s not letting me share articles. Instead, all that is shared is the headline, with no link to the story. This isn’t happening to people I know with Androids. Maybe the next update will fix it?
BBC news app broken 1/5
By sg juan
Ur app keeps breaking and won’t update news for days indicating no wireless data connection even though all my other apps don’t have any problems.
BBC news 5/5
I can receive it when I cannot get henNYTimes.
Best news source out there 5/5
Every other news source and their websites should be compared to this
Unreal how long the ads are 1/5
Ads are about 1 minute long for every video you want to watch. That's harsh given that most videos are 2-3 minutes long. I close out of them every single time. I wish they would just not show videos in my feed any more.
On top of it the BBC is apparently is turning into a tabloid. So what if Melanie Trump is planning to attend the Olympics? That is top news on the home screen? It's shameful. Get your act together and report on worthwhile issues.
Reliably good 4/5
Not the full page but navigatable.
True non-fake News 5/5
Journalism! The real deal in world and regional news. We Americans have gotten used to thinking we are the world. Our news broadcasts and many local newspapers no longer cover news events from other continents. BBC News covers the world. I like the push notifications that contain just enough information for me to evaluate.
What I Expect 5/5
Padkayne 42 has summarized it most eloquently. Let's leave it at that!
NEED OLD ARTICLE SEARCH 5/5
Love this app! But, you can’t search and old articles. No feature to search previously read articles once they become “old”. Can’t go back and read articles from a few months ago, a year, or even two years ago! Very frustrating!!!
One star 1/5
One star due to useless update summary.
Many improvements needed 3/5
Video doesn't works if touched.
First couple of seconds of video replays.
Older news continue to show in app.
Latest news are updated weeks later in categories such as health, tech, science, etc.
Same content is repeated in many articles related to a news or event.
Some times even old articles and videos are just resurfaced on first page.
If a article is updated, by clicking new version is shown but there's no way to know what is really updated. Is it a line a word or what, leading to re reading the article.
Hope you will fix these sometime... seeing the same for years.
It seems a little bias towards Trump. Not that I am a huge fan but I hear sarcasm when I read a lot of BBC articles and I think that should end. Report the news, not BBC's thoughts about the America president. Other than that, it's pretty good.
Always reliable 5/5
Anytime a major breaking news event occurs, BBC is always the first to break the story and notify me with a push notification. Unlike many other news apps, the BBC saves notifications for the major events and breaking news headlines that matter. Considering how partisan many news sources are nowadays, it’s refreshing to see a news service that reports the facts and only the facts. If you must have one news app on your phone, the BBC News App is the one to have.
Read BBC app every day 3/5
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.
BBC News 5/5
The best 5/5
Wonderful app. I really enjoy the stories away from politics & movie/music egos. Few commercials, as opposed to US news. Opens quickly & doesn’t crash!
It’s getting more bias by the day 3/5
I use this app because most news organizations are so bias in the US you have to dig to actually find facts instead of opinions however BBC has started doing this especially on news about the US. It’s still a good app if you want to know what’s going on in the world but their opinions are taking over their articles about the US so they are just as useless as US news sources if you want actual facts. I understand that opinion is part of some articles but I don’t need the writers opinion on who is to blame for everything from the economy to natural disasters.
Best News App and network 5/5
In the past year American news has become so focused on Donald Trump and celebrities that I just straight up gave up watching any news. Im so thankful I finally found this app to stay informed on news from all over the world. Of course a little Trump gets in but that's the world we live in. You can customize what areas of the world you want to see news from so you can stay informed on Africa, the middle East and Latin America. I also don't feel like there are hidden political opinions behind the stories. This is the first review I've ever actually taken the time to write I usually just hit ignore when it asks me to.
Best international news 5/5
BBC Worldservice is clearly the best and most comprehensive App for international news and timely up to the minute reporting.
Good Luck 1/5
If you have any variant of Spectrum service that isn’t Charter/Spectrum. “We are one big happy Spectrum family” doesn’t apply here. Seems like the great BBC can’t keep a list of providers up to date in an app. Oh, by the way..the list is different if you try to authenticate the app on an Apple TV or a mobile device...
By Upstate Downloader
BBC and FRANCE24 are the only news apps where I keep the notifications enabled.
Couldn't be replaced 5/5
I don't think I would be able to consider myself informed without the BBC.
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.