BBC News

BBC News

  • Category: News
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 5.16.0
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • Developer: BBC Worldwide
  • Compatibility: Android
48,349 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 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 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

  • Perfect for those who want to know how terrible the US is 1/5

    By Zod74
    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

    By makeupnicknameornoreview
    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

    By rrrrbbb
    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

    By orvalle
    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

    By arbnknight
    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

    By Shiva135
    Unstoppable annoying video ads. App shows very outdated (months old) news.
  • Annoying adds always in way. 1/5

    By RFK1976
    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

    By LAFster
    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

    By PReadel
    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

    By HowGee
    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

    By KazAppy
    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

    By Syringectomy
    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

    By Vidikat
    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
    Simply unusable
  • Ads that cover up the news 2/5

    By GoodVintage
    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 5/5

    By Kendwg
    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

    By Emender
    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
  • Glitches 3/5

    By Katybug00
    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

    By GraPhXLight
    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

    By bubbeleve
    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

    By 2borrealis
    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

    By fjdjdkdd
    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

    By ComputerTravelGuy
    The App freezes after using the BBC for a minute or so. Unstable new release.
  • Great reporting but video issues 4/5

    By Steve17771
    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

    By DaldalSmith
    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

    By ossenfoss
    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

    By LostinGermany
    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

    By CPBoyce
    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

    By JNC23x
    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

    By Vicari0
    Greats news source with variety of coverage presented in an intuitive manner. Wish they would re -add Apple Watch support.
  • Giant ads 1/5

    By matthew41
    What’s the deal with the giant ads?? The ads block the main reason for the app, the NEWS!!
  • Advert ruin everything 2/5

    By Olysk8er
    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

    By Jjjjjfybcd61568
    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

    By fbprod2
    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.

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