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 Urban 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.

The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy Policy, to read BBC’s Privacy Policy go to

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

What’s New

Version 5.12.0

We update the app regularly to improve your experience. This release brings some changes to underlying services within the app, as well as small bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
22.2K Ratings

22.2K 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.

john_l_uk ,

First choice for news but I don’t like the changed interface!

My previous review - “This is a free app linking to the best news organisation in the world presented through an intelligent interface, so I can't understand folks who complain. Let them learn coding and do better or shut up whining! Having said that once 'my news' has been selected it would be handy if the other tabs could be switched off.”
The last version of this App was absolutely perfect, defaulting to the multiple tabs view. It took me a couple of minutes to discover that this was achieved by clicking on the ‘My news’ tab at the bottom. I may be wrong but I think the typography has been changed for the tabs too. Why mess with perfection?

monolingualS ,

Dreadful: they destroyed a good app

I waited a few days, to see if I "got used to it" thinking maybe it was just me stuck in my ways. No. What was a great way of presenting a lot of information compactly, with quick overview of the stories and quick access to more detail for those you wanted has turned into a sort of kindergarten picture book. Most of the screen is taken up by a big picture of one news story, scroll down for a few words about it the. A whole menu full of links to video snippets.... I can't begin to express how poor the user experience is. Poor imitation of the Guardian app which is great. This is not, and I am sad because I used the old one several times a day and admired it.
Edit:tried again several versions later. It's still terrible.
EDIT: it gets worse, at least the Scottish version, which fills the main and latest news sections with football. I don’t have “sport” selected, never read anything to do with football, but it’s swamped. I suspect from it’s inappropriateness a human hand decides what to put in “latest” and the main section, and a pretty dim human too. STOP PRESS! The developer contacted me, said “Hi there. Have you tried the compact mode as way to see more stories at once? Select menu > Settings > Compact layout " Sadly, there is no such option on my ipad!!

Developer Response ,

Hi there.
Have you tried the compact mode as way to see more stories at once?
Select menu > Settings > Compact layout


BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited
93.2 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Welsh

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity


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