Perfect for those who want to know how terrible the US is 1/5
More world news less about how racist and awful the US is please
BBC is Shameless 1/5
By #say no to bbc
The way BBC presents or portrays news is only a shame to journalism. You are utter nonsense.
Closes after 5-10 seconds 1/5
For reasons unknown this app keeps closing itself after 5-10 seconds. This problem persists even with the recent update applied. Very disappointing!
Was good, now useless 1/5
By Toast of London
The app has become unusable now that it’s been colonized by hyper-intrusive advertising that actually obscures the news atories.
Video links broken now - updated. 5/5
It seems like a change has resulted in any video within the app not being playable. This isn’t a geographic location issue as copying the link to story and opening it in Safari will result in that very same video being viewable.
ETA. After a response from the app developer they indeed seem to have fixed this now. I have amended my rating to reflect this but have left the original issue posted for transparency purposes. Good job and thanks for the fix!
Another update. Same crash. 1/5
In spite of claims in the latest update it didn’t fix the advert crash for me. This is after saying the update would fix the advert explosion.
Reinstalling doesn’t work either. Works one time then back to the BBC boom.
Fonts way too large 2/5
I have my text size in system settings set to the smallest possible and the UI in the iPad app is terrible on a Pro 11”. It is way too large. It doesn’t match the sample text in the system app and is much larger than all other apps. Please today the full range of text sizes like other apps.
Annoying ads 1/5
Unstoppable annoying video ads. App shows very outdated (months old) news.
Annoying adds always in way. 1/5
Suddenly there’s all these adds that pop up when I’m scrolling through the news feed and they’re impossible to dismiss. Clicking on the X button does nothing, it just takes you to the advertiser’s webpage. Only way get rid of the add is to complete close the app.
BBC use to be pretty close to the middle. 1/5
BBC use to come across as try to be unbiased. That ship has sailed.
Scrolling fails / hot phone 2/5
By SE24 9HJ
Like the app, but recently it’s buttery smooth scrolling has failed. My phone gets hot now when using the app and scrolling is jerky and sometimes unresponsive. Please fix.
Best news app BUT 2/5
By A dude traveling abroad
Best news app but after the recent update where they’re putting more and more ads in the content and now on the home page, it’s suuuper slow and jittery. Very annoying when you can’t even scroll on the home page.
Why Can’t I Scroll Smoothly Anymore??? 1/5
I don’t normally write reviews but I had to speak out this time. I’ve used this app for years without complaint until recently. In the last couple months an update has caused severe lagging while scrolling through articles, it is really quite painful especially for an app where the main user interaction is to scroll🙄. I put up with it for awhile and had some success by turning off the send app statistics feature but it hasn’t recovered to previous performance. I find myself slowly preferring to use other news apps more often now.
What happened? Can you squash this bug so I don’t have to leave you BBC News? 😢
Sluggish Performance 1/5
With the last few updates, the app has gotten much slower: scrolling is jittery, and pages load more slowly (I'm on iPhone X). Content is great - but please make the app smooth again!
Videos do not play... 2/5
Deleted the app and reuploaded it to make sure it’s the latest version...but not a single video will play on iPad. It’s like the play button is just a graphic that has no function.
And...a day later, now they play. Will update the stars again in a few days if the app continues to respond well.
what happened? 2/5
App was great then updated to latest
version and now it wont play videos
within the headlines...very frustrating
Suddenly can’t watch videos on ipad or iphone 1/5
I have to use web-based BBC. This problem is unique to this app.
Crashes every time on iPadOS 13.5 1/5
By Ms. Kimba
Ads that cover up the news 2/5
I liked your news app until you started putting ads over the top of headlines on the main screen. I have not found any way to remove them so I can actually get at the news. Fox News here I come.
Update is needed. Keeps go to home screen.
UPDATE: STILL Really annoying, intrusive video advertisements, with news videos that won’t run 1/5
By Canon Fan
The news coverage is good, but the persistent, repetitive, LONG, annoying video advertisements drive me away from this news outlet.
Since writing my original review, most of the news videos frequently won’t run, the app has become jerky and freezes, and it uses more memory on my iPad than any other app, by far. Reporting this directly to the BBC resulted in zero response.
Dropped from two stars to one star, only because there isn’t a zero stars option.
Unable to play video 2/5
Was working fine then suddenly was Unable to play video. Until recently, Most of the time video playback worked fine except for occasional Unable to play video because of wrong format notice. Also it froze recently. Most of the time BBC is great. Will give it positive review once fixed
I enjoy the articles and news provided but glitches sometimes keep me from certain articles or videos. I have to go on my laptop to watch.
Latest news: plagued by ads 2/5
The amount of ads you’ve decided to add to your otherwise great, useful app is slowing down the flow of information to the point of making it a pain to use. Now, your very latest update caused videos to stop playing.
Will you offer a paid, no-ads option soon?
It’s easy to tell that you are creating an environment where a subscription would become attractive; in other words, with each “bug fixing”, “performance improvement” update, you make it almost “a must” to pay for a no-ads version.
Get on with it already and publish the info on your subscription fees, please.
Bugs and lagging 4/5
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!
Videos no longer play 3/5
Love this app, but all of a sudden none of the videos play when the play button is tapped. Very odd.
Love it 5/5
This is an amazing source of good news and interesting topics. My only complaint is that the app freezes quite a bit some days. Since the last update videos are refusing to play which is extremely frustrating
Freezing App on iPhone 7s running latest iOS 1/5
The App freezes after using the BBC for a minute or so. Unstable new release.
Great reporting but video issues 4/5
I have the latest version of the BBC news app on an iPhone 7, but I’m now unable to play videos. I’m connected to the internet but had something changed within the app?
Videos don’t work 3/5
After the last update, none of the videos play
Videos do not work 1/5
By Alvin in NYC
Looks like you could play videos, but they just don’t load.
The video started failing 2/5
By Down With Google!
I’ve used this app for years, and one of my favorite features is that unlike other news apps, it lets you watch videos without problem. But now, it doesn’t respond when I press the play button. Please fix this!
Good reporting-app hangs alot 2/5
App hangs loading advertisements. Unable to scroll or continue reading. Only recourse is to kill the app, restart, find the article again (if you can) and hope for different ad.
New update crash 1/5
New update locks up when ads appear. Need to reload and scroll past them, immediately, to have any chance of using the app.
Love the content, but hate the glitches 2/5
Solid news source, but the ads they have in app are crippling. The ads make it lag, skip, and frequently freeze, making it almost impossible to scroll through an entire article. They need to fix this
App locks up 3/5
When certain ads start to appear, the app locks up and won’t respond or scroll until the ad content is displayed completely. This is not bad behavior for a second or so but if the ad takes 10 seconds to display as many do, then this is intolerable, so much so that if it is not fixed soon I will have to abandon it in favor of more customer-centric ad-funded news apps
They killed playing the video. 1/5
By Widget cool
Not worth using the app anymore if you can’t play the video. Liked the BBC News as it was less bias than American News, but now they are blocking US from playing the videos in the app. Boo.
Ads are making the experience extremely bad 1/5
I don’t normally write reviews but this app is getting so bloated with adds making navigating it slow and many times I can’t even click on the news icons because the ads are covering it with no way to dismiss them. I emailed the developers 4 times or more and zero response. It’s just show me they don’t care. Very disappointing.. will be deleting
Great reporting, decent app 4/5
By Eunuch Mastersons
Not sure why, but lately the app freezes as it loads ads, for about 10-30 seconds. Otherwise, the updates have improved the look and performance of the app. Hopefully a fix is coming. This is the only news source i check daily.
Great News Source 4/5
Greats news source with variety of coverage presented in an intuitive manner. Wish they would re -add Apple Watch support.
Giant ads 1/5
What’s the deal with the giant ads?? The ads block the main reason for the app, the NEWS!!
Advert ruin everything 2/5
Every single time an ad creeps onto the screen the app freezes completely. Get rid of them.
Stops Music 2/5
By LoveL 1
Every time you open the app it stops music playing from Spotify. Cannot believe this is still a bug. Please fix.
What happened? 1/5
By NB Julie
I’ve used this app for years but ads and juttery scrolling have ruined the experience. Please fix this!
App freezes while loading ads 1/5
By Iza Smarty
I used to like this app for world news. Now, it freezes while loading ads that are too large.
Lots of ads 1/5
Full of ads that constantly block the content and will automatically start playing stopping your music even though the ad is muted. The app lags horrendously when scrolling down. Don’t know how this is a top of the line British news app.
BBC News 1/5
By amos moss
Just downloaded the update and now the app judders and freezes, the ads are all moving video. What happened? BBC is tops but this is now unusable. Fix this soon please!!!!!..........Tried it a couple weeks later. Seems a bit better BUT it has hands down the most annoying ad clutter of any legitimate news app I have tried. I used this app for years and it was never like this. This is relatively new. Like and respect the Beeb but I give up on this app. Deleted.
Keeps crashing on iPad 1/5
I don’t know what the BBC did to their apps lately. My most reliable news service is unusable now. Please fix
Increasingly disappointed 1/5
By X Trade
This had always been my preferred news app but of late it stutters/scrolls exceedingly poorly and makes the phone hot whilst it attempts to load ads/perform unnecessary background functions. It has become so poor I’ve started using competitors.