The BBC News brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.
Personalise your news offering with My News
Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about.
Stories from topics you add will appear in your personalised My News feed. Here you can order stories by topic or time, and use the Manage Topics screen to stay on top of the news of the day.
You can also switch the My News by Topic screen to a more traditional carousel view from the Settings screen.
Find content fast
The app can suggest topics based on stories you’ve recently viewed and what’s in the news now.
And you can quickly find topics that interest you using the Topic Search. Choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health, or search for your own subjects of interest, whether they’re people, places, things or themes.
More of the news you care about
We now offer a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, including:
- Most Read and Most Watched. Keep on top of popular stories across the BBC, regularly updated throughout the day
- Live BBC World Service Radio. Expertise and insight from our journalists available 24-hours a day and ready to listen to in the background as you browse
- Read the best journalism from BBC correspondents
- Access to our full range of video and audio
- Photo galleries and full-screen images
Apple Watch Support:
Story summaries, glanceable headlines and breaking news alerts delivered straight to your wrist
- Push notifications for important news stories
- Video over cellular and wifi
- Improved offline experience. Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them at your leisure
- Viewing modes. On iPhone see more stories per index by choosing ‘Compact layout’ from the Settings screen
- Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background
- Share stories to your social networks, or email/SMS to a friend
- Support for dynamic text. The app will respect the font size in your device settings so you can increase or decrease the story text size as suits your preference
- Related stories, related topics. Go deeper into a storyline with suggestions for further reading and viewing and a range of topics related to each story
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.
You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications from BBC News in your device’s ‘Notifications’ screen.
No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed.
We update the app regularly to enhance your experience. This release includes some improvements to underlying services within the app, as well as small bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
High quality news source. Needs a couple of tweaks
This has become my baseline news source. The app has a few annoying weaknesses that could use attention, though: (1) search doesn't appear to do a full text search, it seems to be searching a curated keyword list; (2) its difficult to see whats changed since i last read the news, seems like i have to scroll through stuff I've seen mixed with things i haven't seen.
Perhaps these are user errors, but i did try to figure out the right way to do the above.
The news itself is extremely high quality, though the Kardashians and other clickbaits show up once in a while.
It seems to have recovered from some serious performance issues a few weeks back where it froze and “stuttered” as you were scrolling and became almost unusable. Maybe that was due to a misbehaving ad as I don’t recall the app itself being updated..
The quality of articles seems to be improving too after a period of being in a one sentence per paragraph “staccato” like format that after a while became irritating to read. Also the amount of “soft” non-news (social issue nonsense) seems to have abated somewhat - thankfully..
It’s going in the right direction and still has a very wide range of content for almost every taste - so I upped my rating again...
However there are still a few issues:
The U.S. news category in the customisable “My News” section can be over a day old, especially at weekends..
It still has an annoying tendency to sometimes drop you back at the beginning of a section after you’ve read an article within that section, rather than back to where you were when you started reading the article. e.g. you can have read an article from say the “sports” section at the bottom of your screen but when you finish it, it drops you back, not at “sports” but at the top of the main screen...
If only I could SEE it...
Fine, balanced reporting: check. Clear, grammatical, properly spelled & punctuated prose: check. (Getting hard to find in Leftpondia. Bless the Beeb.) Easy navigation: check. Customizable topics focus: check.
Readable font: not so much. I don't know what the font is called, but it makes me squint. It looks very stylish and modern; 20 years ago I might have loved it. But the sans serif font is so fine-lined as to appear pale gray on the white background, a low-contrast combination that strains the eye. I searched in vain for controls to adjust the display. I followed the app support link, but was directed to use my iPad’s controls. Well, really. I already did that and I’m still having trouble. Besides, iPad’s “smart invert” option screws up photos.
Ironically, when I read about a playground for kids with disabilities, the text display was in a nice bold white font on black ground—very high contrast and so easy to read! Now why not let me choose that all the time?
In a perfect world, I would also get to choose specific fonts (Bookerly, anyone?), foregrounds, and backgrounds. (I am fond of yellow on navy blue, but your mileage may vary.) Someday....
So, developers, you lose two whole stars for making it hard for me to use your otherwise five-star app.
- BBC Worldwide LTD
- 78.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © 2019 BBC
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