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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 4.0.0

• New Video section which includes the BBC Live News Channel (previously found in 'Live' section) and a new list of short news video highlights

• Most Watched and Most Read have been simplified into one Popular section

Home Screen Quick Actions
• You can now open the app straight to any of the main four sections Top Stories, My News, Popular, Video with 3D touch (iPhone 6s or later)

• Bug fixes and maintenance


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Customer Reviews

Memory hog

Still not fixed the problem of storage- to empty the cache (which keeps accumulating) you have to delete the app and reinstall

I use this app daily, but it still is not a patch on the original one despite incremental improvements with each update. Sky News app remains a faster app for headlines.

Adding this to my review after 6 months of using the new app - I've just discovered that the app is using 1.5GB (yes, 1.5GB!!!) of storage on my iPad. There doesn't seem to be any way to empty the cache or limiting its size. This is a major flaw and just confirms that the developers didn't think this new app through before inflicting it on Licence Fee payers.

I really don't think this was thought through properly - it is style over substance and practicality. It definitely needs a lot more refinement and shouldn't have been released in this state.

It now takes a lot more scrolling and changing of pages to see the news headlines, which were previously on one screen. The style is fine for ipad (though not great), and terrible for iPhones.
There's a new "my news" section. I like the idea of it, but it is slow to load if you choose too many topics.

As well as intrusive video clips (many of them old) that present themselves in the middle of headlines, there are new "Most read" and "most watched" sections. They are far too prominent and you cannot move them. So they always take prominence over other sections - evenWorld News or UK News.

This App needs some attention

The content is good for the most part. You can choose which news feeds you want and which ones you don't. But the sheer amount of bugs in the app are endless some of them years old that haven't been fixed and looks like the folks at the beeb are spending your licence fee money on other things. A few of the biggest problems: Content does not refresh when you swipe down. Some links take you to completely different articles of news. So many videos error. The app crashes constantly and many of the news articles in some feeds are at least a year old. There are better news apps out there and I recommend those over this "56k modem" news app!

Worse after the latest update

As usual, a giant impersonal and arrogant organisation makes a major layout change to its app without any evidence that this is what its users want. Which cretinous director approved the removal of the Live menu item from the main menu? Where was the demand for this? What research and proper analysis was made of the frequency with which specific main menu items are chosen by users to justify such a removal? Answer? None, just a programmer with a daft idea they had in the shower one morning. What contempt for license fee payers.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.0.0
  • Size: 36.6 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

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

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