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UK Newspapers Want BBC Mobile Apps Blocked For ‘Undermining’ Them, BBC Disagrees

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I wondered how long it would be before print media pointed at the BBC’s new smartphone apps plan as another example of expansion in to their commercial territory. The answer: just 24 hours

The Newspaper Publishers Association, in an emailed statement, says its members believe BBC apps “will undermine the commercial sector

16 Responses to “UK Newspapers Want BBC Mobile Apps Blocked For ‘Undermining’ Them, BBC Disagrees”

  1. All media is scared of the BBC and they will kick them when ever they get the opportunity. The BBC apps will just repackage what is available on the web through Safari anyway so the NPA should stop moaning and look at themselves and ask why people would rather go to the BBC for their news than the papers.

    The answer is simple, the BBC reports the news. Most newspapers don’t.

  2. Typical media hipster pish, what I want to know is this – the iphone has a smaller market share than symbian and other phone OS’s, so why are the BBC releasing apps for it? Release them in Java and let it be up to the OS writers to support it. Media hipsters have ruined technology reporting because of their outmoded Apple mindset.

  3. richardah

    So the starting gun has been fired, it’s going to be a couple of months or longer before BBC mobile apps see the light of day, so anybody concerned about Auntie’s antics has sufficient time to get their mobile apps ready first. The BBC’s video packages are pretty tame anyway, little updating throughout the day and limited variety of stories, so there is plenty of scopy to make them look pedestrian.

  4. ukdavidlloyd

    So ” It previously barred the addition of video bulletins to its BBC Local sites after the newspaper industry, which was investing in online video at the time, got worked up …”

    And since they got the ban they have all but stopped the video content where I live (Northcliffe territory) and have now started reducing the amount of news online too “READ MORE IN THE PAPER TOMORROW”. Which implies they have no intention of doing it as it costs too much and makes no profit for the Daily Mail.

    The BBC is a good financial model for online content .. we all pay a bit each day upfront and we all take what we want when we want it.

  5. matthewcashmore

    The commercial news operators have had the market to themselves for over two years…. and they’ve failed to capitalise on in it in a commercial way – what’s changed? Suddenly the BBC in this space stops them doing what they’ve not been doing? huh?

    The BBC offering a free app may indeed spur them onto building their own apps, better apps, apps that offer functionality beyond the delivery of straight news, or in such a compelling way (say with full offline access?) that I’d be happy to pay a subscription for in the way I pay for the Times Online edition of the paper.

  6. interruptthis

    It took the stunning simplicity and rock solid performance of iPlayer to get the other broadcaster’s arses into gear and about 12 months later a decent 4oD appears (after a couple of ITV false starts – silverlight and non-mac, wtf?).

    This is good news for the consumer. Fact.

  7. shuttleboy

    Same old nonsense from the NPA. Where is all this local video news that the regional papers were so concerned to preserve? Is there any sign of the investment that they claimed the BBC Local Video plan would stifle? No there is not. I really hope for once the BBC Trust will find some backbone and tell the NPA where to stick its self-serving interference.