BBC transforms news on-the-go with new look BBC News app

Our new BBC News app transforms the news experience for everyone, bringing you the best of the BBC’s award-winning and trusted journalism with the option to tailor it to where you live and the topics that are of interest to you.James Harding, Director of News and Current Affairs
Date: 21.01.2015     Last updated: 21.01.2015 at 09.46
The BBC has today unveiled its newly designed, free BBC News app for iOS and Android devices, providing instant access to the BBC’s expert news coverage and breaking news alerts in the UK and around the world. The app will roll out to Android and iOS devices in the UK over the next few days and will be available globally in the coming months.

The new app transforms how BBC News brings you its award-winning news on-the-go. With a more personalised mobile view of the news, the app showcases top stories, most watched stories and live coverage alongside a set of personally selected or recommended topics based on what you have read or topics trending at that time.

BBC News launched its first app in 2010. Since then, there has been a huge shift in demand for news on handheld devices. Today, over 50% of users consume BBC News on mobile and tablet, up from 25% at the start of 2012. The BBC News app is one of the most popular in the world, with over 40m downloads since it launched, and users in around 200 countries globally

The new app is the first redesign since 2010, and has been reimagined to meet the growing demand for the BBC’s award-winning news coverage on the go, in an app that’s personalised, local and tailored to each user’s needs. It includes:

The highest quality news, brought to you as it happens

 

  • A wider range of content than the previous app - including for the first time, local news content
  • Features and expert journalism from around the globe
  • World class imagery and video from the stories that matter to you
  • The ability to follow topics , from Ebola to Women’s rights, from Arts and Entertainment to Local News

 

News that matters to you, personalised around the topics you’re interested in

 

  • Customise your news experience with the My News section – bringing all the topics you’re interested in to one place
  • Choose to follow topics from either within an article or in a list of suggested topics based on what you’ve read or where you are
  • Follow multiple topics to create a personalised view of BBC News and, when relevant, share the content via a wide range of sharing tools

 

Live news streams, clips and in-depth features in your pocket - wherever you are, whenever you want it

 

  • Live – instant access to the BBC News channel on-the-go with just one click
  • Catch-up highlights – from the stories you’ve missed
  • Video features – with in-depth video articles, whenever you want them

 

News based on where you are and the places you care about

  • From global events, to national and regional news, and information about your local area, you can choose what you want, when you want it
  • Full location feature – surfacing news based on where you are at that moment in time
  • Welsh news content – that you can find and follow from the touch of a button

James Harding, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs says: “This is the age of mobile news. Everyone expects news that is portable and personalised - all in the palm of their hand. Our new BBC News app transforms the news experience for everyone, bringing you the best of the BBC’s award-winning and trusted journalism with the option to tailor it to where you live and the topics that are of interest to you.”

Robin Pembrooke, General Manager, News Products, BBC Future Media says: “This is the first redesign of the BBC News app since it launched in 2010. The dynamic new design surfaces a much wider range of our news content - and allows users to follow a personalised list of topics with the BBC. We don’t want to just bring you BBC News on-the-go, but your BBC News on-the-go.”

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