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February 19, 2010

BBC urged to block iPhone apps

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by David Allen

It was only a few days ago when the BBC director of future media and technology, Erik Huggers, announced that the BBC would be working on some new iPhone apps that could provide users with up-to-the-minute sports and news information.

Now it appears that the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) is calling on the BBC Trust to block these proposals, as the launch of an app such as this could damage the already delicate news market.

The NPA seems to think it has the sole right to produce news app for smartphones like the iPhone and it would seem that the BBC Trust may agree with them, although the BBC will have to stand its ground at some point.

It wasn’t that long ago when the commercial news industry was complaining about the BBC’s planned regional websites; now it’s apps!

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  1. Hello dave. Knock knock, anyone in? License “fee” mean anything to you? Heard of it have you?

    Comment by RG — February 19, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

  2. NPA is ridiculous. The BBC trust would be fools to block BBC apps on iPhone or other mobile OS platforms. If other app makers are weary of the BBC cutting into their market share then consumers would only benefit because it would have a positive effect on the quality of the apps built. Finally no one has the sole right to produce or inhibit other parties from producing news apps, or for that matter any apps. I personally look forward to being able to finally have a iPlayer app.. :)

    Comment by Anon — February 19, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

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