TBC Mobile is a local news app from TBC Media and The Bakersfield Californian, and features the most authoritative multimedia news, sports, weather/traffic, opinion and lifestyle coverage in Bakersfield and Kern County.

What's New

Version 4.27.840033400

Updates and fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Newsprint alternative is a delight


The Californian's hybrid app mimics its print edition precisely, page by page. Thumb through the paper page by page with virtually no load time slowdowns. Use two fingers to zoom in on text, photos, comic strips, or the fine print of legal notices. Zap back to full-fledged earlier issues from days earlier. But tap on a story and — voila! — a traditional web page view appears. Best of both worlds, and with no inky fingers.

I've waited and waited, and I'm still waiting


While the app could be called news, the UI is clunky.
The app doesn't support the larger screens found on the 6 & 6 Plus. I use a Plus and it feels like the remote my Grandma had with the big buttons. This makes the ad, you can't get rid of, on the bottom even more annoying. How many times do I need to see Kate Upton's chest to sell me Game of War? I don't want to be your hero.
There is ads between stories. There is ads at the bottom. Hell, the app even started up with an ad that filled the whole screen.
The more I write, the more I think this doesn't even deserve 3 stars. I'm going to change it until they can actually make an app that functions.

But it do has news. So I gess it be good for some folks.

More Ads than Articles


The app looks nice from screenshots, but once you download it, you quickly realize how unusable it is. The ads are inline with the articles, and at first glance they look identical. There are just as many ads as articles, and there just isn't that much content on the landing page.

This app needs to be updated for higher resolution phones, it looks like its made for the iPhone 4.


The Bakersfield Californian Apps
81.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+


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