BBC World Service

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About this app

The official BBC World Service news app by Zeno Media LLC offers the latest programmes and news headlines from the BBC World Service. You can to listen to the latest radio programmes using the free audio player or by using the telephone dial-up option (standard geographic mobile charges will apply. Please check with your provider for exact costs before calling).

- Read the latest news headlines from the BBC World Service website
- Listen to your favorite radio programmes free with the audio player, or by using the standard-rate telephone dial-up service.
- You can listen to the most recent editions of:
- The Global News Podcast
- Newshour
- HARDtalk
- Sport Today
- Business Daily
- Focus on Africa, and many more

For EU users only: If you choose to receive customized ads, a unique identifier (Google Advertising ID or Apple’s ID for Advertising) relating to your device will be stored by Zeno Media to provide you with the service and allow customized advertising to be served within the app.

No other Personal Data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed. Such information will only be processed in line with Zeno Media’s Privacy Policy, available at
Find out about your privacy rights and the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy at

Notifications may include alerts, sounds and icon badges. These can be reconfigured in Settings (notifications). Details of data this app collects, including the unique identifier relating to your device and your location data, is also found under Settings.
Updated on
Feb 21, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App activity, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
App activity, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
Data isn’t encrypted
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

16.1K reviews
A Google user
March 29, 2020
Lots of audio issues! If you already have it open and are listening and want to listen to the LATEST live news, you have to close the app and relaunch it. Often even doing that won't work. What results is whatever you had been listening to, continues to play OVER the live audio. So then you have to uninstall the app and reinstall it. But again, if you make the mistake of wanting to switch from the old live news to the latest, it'll all happen all over again. I gave up! Now I just read stories!
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April 13, 2023
Excellent content & very useful On-air SCHEDULE, but I can't understand why there isn't a SEARCH option! I heard about an interesting episode, but missed its podcast name, so unless it's advertised again, I'll miss it. I'd prefer to see many smaller PODCAST ICONS instead of the current few HUGE ICONS, & would really appreciate Podcast descriptions. Transcripts would be great for those of us with hearing issues. Also, BOOKMARKS & the ability to DOWNLOAD for offline listening would be wonderful.
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Chris Tomacelli
November 6, 2021
I've had BBC as one of my go-to apps for years, however this week the app kept crashing upon opening. Today I uninstalled and reinstalled the app and now most news is gone, only videos and podcasts. Worthless. In addition, the app used to be clean and easy to quickly read headlines and choose stories to read Now, it looks like it was designed by a methhead.
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