BBC News

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

The BBC News brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.

My News is a newly introduced feature allowing you to personalise your news offering.
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

Other features:

  • Push notifications for breaking 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 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 your device’s Notifications screen: locate the BBC News app icon from the list and turn of ‘Allow Notifications’.



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Apple Watch Support


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Accessibility Comments

Very accessible and easy to use. One of the better news app I have used.

iOS Version


VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

There really isn't much to say about the app. It is very straight forward in how to use. No confusing setup and many things to learn. Once you open the app. You being with the Top Stories following by many category of news to read. The Edit button is located at the top right corner of the screen. This allows you to remove and insert particular categories you are interested in. Plus, it also give you the ability to arrange the order of the categoies of your choice. At the top left hand corner is the Listen to BBC Radio. This is a nice geature for you to drop in listen on what is currently on BBC News Radio. This can be played while you look at the other news on the app. Overall, it is very easy to use and really like this app quite a bit. It doesn't offer any kind of push notifications of Headline news but it is certainly extremely Voice Over accessible.


3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Rajesh Malik 2 years 2 months ago



Submitted by Michael Hansen on Saturday, July 11, 2015

BBC News version 3.1.0 is now available. It's worth noting that the redesign mentioned in the release notes appears to have been done with version 3.0, so is not specifically new to this version.

What's New in Version 3.1.0 Version 3.1 - The BBC News app has been completely redesigned with a fresh look and feel, to bring you more content, greater personalisation and better overall performance.

Top Stories brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists. NEW My News feature allowing you to personalise and Add topics to your personalised My News feed. And choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health

With a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, the app now also includes:

  • Most Read and Most Watched
  • Live BBC World Service Radio
  • Access to our full range of video and audio
  • Photo galleries and full-screen images
  • Apple Watch support

Submitted by Macky on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I agree with everything written above. This is as straight forward and as accessible as news apps get. It does however offer push notifications for breaking headlines on both the iphone and the apple watch. I am in Scotland though so perhaps this is a UK only feature.

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