Hourly News

Hourly News

By Urban Apps

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2012-01-21
  • Current Version: 1.7.3
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 9.85 MB
  • Developer: Urban Apps
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 2,820 Ratings


Hourly News is a simple app that plays the most recent news updates from multiple sources automatically when opened. As a podcast app, Hourly News lets to you listen to any/all of the most recent NPR , BBC, CBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, VOA, SRN, RTHK, DW, Marketplace, New York Times, and/or FOX news updates and more. You can also add your own custom podcasts sources to Hourly News! FEATURES —————————————————— • Plays the most recent news summaries • Automatically plays when opened • Plays in background • Responds to remote control buttons • Automatically advances to the next news feed. • Dead simple, easy to use • Works every time • Reorder, enable and disable news feeds • Skip the podcast if already heard • Sync your settings and sources over iCloud • Add your own custom feeds No Ads! —————————————————— Hourly News inserts no ads into the app, but some of the sources place them in their news streams. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to remove those ads. Download Speeds: —————————————————— Like every app, download speeds are greatly affected by your connection (edge, 3G, 4G, LTE or WiFi). Edge downloads might take a little longer, 3G and 4G are faster, LTE is even faster still and WiFi is blazing fast to download the news updates in Hourly News. Questions, Comments or Support? —————————————————— We are dedicated to bringing you the best support! Visit http://community.urbanapps.com or contact us via email at support@urbanapps.com Sources —————————————————— If there is another National or Worldwide source you would like to see added to Hourly News, please contact support. At this time, only sources which are broadcast in English and have a radio or internet podcast can be added. Legal —————————————————— Hourly News® is not affiliated with, or endorsed by any of the included sources. All rights are reserved by the respective owners. Hourly News is a podcast app, giving you access to free publicly available news podcasts. These feeds are for personal use only and are subject to the terms and conditions provide by the news network providing the feed.



  • Frustrating! Just Use iPhone’s Built-in Podcasts App

    By thesuperalice
    I can’t believe I took so long to give up on this app and just start playing news on my podcasts app. I used this app for at least a year, and it frustrated me every morning. ▪️When connection is too slow to support the podcast (which happens FAR more often than when I use iPhone’s built-in Podcasts or any other app), it doesn’t simply stop, to start up again when the connection catches up (which makes sense and is the feature for almost any audio or video stream you’d normally access). Instead, it either rolls automatically to the next source or stops completely and goes back to the beginning of the current source. ▪️When that happens, good luck trying to find the point 2.5 minutes into the source you were listening to. The tiny(!) slide that controls your progress in the source is completely insensitive to touch control, either refusing to respond at all or jumping much much further than you’d ever indicated. The size of the slide controller alone is a very basic UI design fail for an app whose sole purpose is user convenience. ▪️The lack of control over progress through each source means that you have to sit through commercials, and, if you didn’t completely absorb what was just said, there’s no going back. Meanwhile, the Podcasts app has had a simple 15-second jump so that you can easily skip over commercials and have them repeat the last tiny bit. ▪️There’s no longer any way to get BBC’s hourly news anywhere but the BBC iPlayer Radio app, so you’ll end up bouncing between apps anyway to get decent world news coverage. ▪️They haven’t updated in about half a year. I feel like this app is gonna be abandoned & go to seed very soon.
  • Used to be better

    By AlchemicKnowledge
    Please fix the scrubbing to be able to fast forward
  • Love it!

    By GraphXPro
    It allows me to skip reading news online which is a big time waster for me.
  • Crashes every single time

    By hessianmercenary
    The app crashes every single time on iOS 11 with an iPhone X. It also hasn’t been optimized but the crashing has been happening for months. Update: I contacted the developer, who was very responsive. The issue is a bug relating to a popover about custom sources, he says, and I expect a fix will be out soon. I’ve changed my review to 5 stars from 2.
  • Annoying commercials

    By Dmeteng
    And I’m OK with a few commercials every once in a while but the ads from “indeed “and “trip recruiter “have turned me away from this app. Those type of repetitive and high-pressure sales advertisement have a tendency to lower the professionalism of great news apps like this one.

    By TFD44
    The ABC Hourly News feed has been replaced with another program that runs approximately 41 minutes! Why isn’t the ABC 5 minute top of the hour newscast running anymore? This needs to be corrected asap❗️ A really good radio news app, WHEN it’s working properly ☹️
  • Great App

    By msgallin
    I like this app as it's easy to use and plays my favorite new shows consecutively. I would definitely recommend this App to others who enjoy listening to the news.
  • Used to be great...

    By Heir Director
    I've use this app daily for years. Seeing how I now the nuances of this app, I'm posting a review in hopes they get their act together and bring us an update. BUG: scroll button on timeline is terrible. One pixel width of grabbing room. You’ll see.... ANOTHER BUG: Starts all the podcast over from the beginning even if the podcast doesn’t have a new show
  • Good app, although broadcasts suddenly break off

    By Storm-India
    I like this app a lot; it is frustrating however that some broadcasts suddenly stop in mid sentence and jump to the next. Occasionally, some broadcasts just don't turn on.
  • The absolute best audio news app

    By Adam Alf
    *Quick note to developer: Please add Apple Watch compatibility, thx!* Hourly News is a dead simple way to hear current audio news reports from multiple sources without having to mess around with your iOS device. Each stream just plays automatically in the sequence of your choice. I chose NPR, BBC, and The Daily (from NYTimes). If I have time I listen longer (to DW, Marketplace, Fox, and RTHK). It's always enlightening to hear the different perspectives back to back. So thankful the developer updated this for iOS 11 because I've been using this app for half a decade and haven't found anything else like it.