BBC News 12+

BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited

    • #4 in News
    • 4.4 • 275.9K Ratings
    • Free



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

Stories are arranged in topics 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 topics to suit your interests. Topics you have followed can be found in the My News tab, and can be re-ordered using the Edit function.

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
- Notifications
- 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, Twitter and WhatsApp
- 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 Airship 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.

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

For attribution and analysis purposes, our data processor AppsFlyer collects the below information about you:
- Your device information, such as device type
- Your IP address to determine your location
- Activity data, such as the time you downloaded the app
- Which sites (if any) referred you to download and use the app

We also use this data together with your BBC account data to improve the BBC News service. You can opt out from AppsFlyer tracking by filling out their ‘Forget My Device’ form:

The BBC News app uses technologies similar to cookies to measure audience behaviour. The app uses information collected through these technologies for internal purposes to analyse and improve the app, and help us give you a better experience. You can switch this off using the Send App Statistics toggle on the BBC News app’s Settings screen.

For more information about how and why we use information about you, please visit the BBC News App Privacy Notice:

The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy Policy which can be found here:

For more information about how the BBC processes your personal data to provide a personalised service to you, please see the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy at

If you install this app you accept the BBC Terms of Use at

What’s New

Version 5.30.0

We aim to release regular improvements to the BBC News App. This update includes presentation changes to help with navigation between our services.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
275.9K Ratings

275.9K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

The BBC News app is about as trusted a news source as you’ll find, but what we really love is how it lets us create our own bespoke channel. Choose topics from a staggeringly comprehensive list, and suddenly you’re getting just the stories that truly matter to you. It makes the challenge of keeping up with the world almost manageable.

Normally pleased with apps ,

Good but frustrating at times

My biggest frustration is clicking on a story which is of interest by its title and finding it only takes me to a general page where I have to scroll down for ages to try (and sometimes fail) to find the article I'm interested in.
Another is leaving stories for many days or even weeks so that they block fresher news.
When an existing news item is updated, often repeatedly and as indicated by the time under the title, you have no idea whether there's been a small change or major additions without re-reading it.
Finally there are too many typos and similar; it makes me worry if the articles are sufficiently checked.
I still score it with four stars, and I use the site a lot, but for the reasons I give it is frustrating.

Achieng01923 ,

Not all news is equal

Disappointing that African news (Africa Live) gets put all on one long page (like a parish notice), rather than webpage per item, like other news. It makes it so difficult to use and almost impossible to share a story. Please fix this - African news is important too. It’s not surprising there are so many people out there who are ignorant about Africa, when the premier news source with world-class writers, displays the news from the continent in such as a difficult to use manner. Please sort this out - it’s frankly embarrassing that in 2020 this is still an issue.

Also, you seem to have news blackouts on certain countries. I never saw a single thing about the Pakistan floods, and I have an Asian news flag in ‘My News’ but yet you report on floods in Philippines. The Armenian/Azerbaijan war took weeks to report. The Sudanese unrest in 2019 was also ignored.

App Privacy

The developer, BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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