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BBC News

By BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited


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Get the latest breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists.

Stories are arranged in categories including top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport.

The app offers the BBC News Channel streamed live in the Video tab, social features and personalisation so you can re-order the news categories to suit your interests.

NB Please note that to refresh the app you should pull down on the main content area. See in-app help page for further details.

The BBC News app offers the following:
- Breaking news
- Top Stories and latest headlines
- Features and analysis
- Live BBC News Channel
- News clips embedded in stories
- An 'Edit' menu to personalise your experience and choose news that interests you
- Share news stories by email, Facebook and Twitter
- Font controls to increase or decrease the story text size to suit you
- Refresh controls to see the latest stories and updates

If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by ProcessOne on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service.

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, available at You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications from BBC News in your device’s ‘Notifications’ screen.

What's New in Version 4.4.0

We are releasing regular updates to the BBC News app to optimize performance and enhance the user experience.


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Customer Reviews

Seems to have settled down, but still too graphic-heavy

I still think that the picture-to-text ratio is too high on a new iPad. After all most pictures are just fluff rather than actual information: who needs a large pic of a politician or a royal? Checking this morning (18 July 17), a lot less than half the pictures on the initial scrolling page actually tell me something. For example, on the lead story there is a huge picture of an elderly man which may or may not be relevant to the text but to me would be just as good at say one eighth of the current size. The current size seems to be forced by some sort of layout rule that wouldn't be accepted in a printed broadsheet.

On the positive side, the BBC's news coverage is excellent and (I believe) pretty much unbiased, so it's still my favourite news app.

Hate it hate it hate it

Well I can't use the old one any more so forced into this bloated graphic nightmare.

I have been lucky to find an old version on my Mac so I could restore the old app. I still can't believe they are persisting with this. Huge pictures and little data. They have gone from hero to zero

Old reviews below

This new 2015 version is awful and pointless. Huge memory hugger. Looks like a glossy magazine, a triumph of image over content and use-ability. All news is now jumbled up and in loud fonts. I'm going elsewhere for my news on the go now, this really is a huge waste of memory. For those that are interested below is my old review of the old app. Why on earth was it changed????

Works perfectly. Simple clean easy to navigate screens. Love the drag to update. Much better when mobile than going to the website. Well done all at the Beeb.

Please fix

Decent enough app, but the data size increases with each use until I have to delete it to give me back more storage. Please fix and delete the cache automatically after each session or at least provide the user with the facility to do so. App is now removed and using the browser version until this is fixed.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.4.0
  • Size: 47.5 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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