WCVB - Boston free breaking news, weather source News App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: English

Seller: Hearst Television

New fix for live video bar crash, plus all previous fixes for weather bookmarks, time stamps and comments.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
66 Ratings
All Versions:
974 Ratings


WCVB is Boston's news leader. Take this app with you every where and stay up to date with the latest New England news, national, sports, traffic, political, entertainment stories and much more. Download the WCVB NewsCenter 5 app for free today. Features: - Be alerted to breaking news with push notifications. - Watch live streaming breaking news when it happens and newscasts. - Submit breaking news, news tips and email your news photos and videos right to our newsroom and it could be featured on air. - Comment on stories that matter to you and share stories with email or on your social media pages. - Check out current weather conditions, hourly and 7 day forecasts wherever you might be. - Our interactive radar lets you zoom in and out to street level and watch storms as they approach. Move the map around to see more weather activity like snow, lightning and major storms. - See weather alerts, school and business closings and watch daily videocasts from your favorite meteorologist.

Customer Reviews

  • TF

    by Bttrfls

    Good for news updates.....I've watched WCVB since I was little and stuck with it because they are the best...Chet & Nat, Bob Copeland, Susan Warnick

  • WCVB app

    by Pd 183

    Good app. Showing the news and Chronicle. They don't show any sports film or interviews at all. The app also stops streaming after 15 minutes so has to be restarted. Needs to be fixed. Otherwise good

  • Pretty good

    by Cmm26

    I do like this app. One of my favorite news stations. I do wish it had a traffic feature that was real time. Also the picture navigating can get slow and frustrating. But overall the alerts and the news stories are well done !!!!

  • Love Channel 5

    by Boston teach

    Great app from a great Boston station! Easy to use - I especially like the option of a weather forecast that's written out in paragraph form. Very helpful feature! Thank you, WCVB : )

  • Good app

    by Janlcan

    Easy to use

  • Love it!!

    by Riverdog1

    Great to get updates on the headlines not to mention the weather.

  • Channel 5

    by Dnmellor

    Very good app up to date

  • Helpful

    by JonnySax27

    Love this app, so easy to use!

  • Must be livin' Right

    by Fafahead

    Did the update and it works fine. I'm very happy with this app.

  • Great App

    by BostonGirl5

    From local news to especially weather updates, this is a great app to have for Bostonians!

  • Great Local News app

    by ABID

    Keeps me informed with the news alerts which I very much like. Great Boston news app to have, esp. when working in the city.

  • WCVB

    by karengmay5

    Great app, in an instant I know what's happening,

  • Go to place for weather forecasts

    by MrGoldCoast

    The app has a very easy and intuitive interface for finding weather info, school delays, etc...and the fairly up to date video forecasts (often updated between newscasts)...make this app worthy of a prominent location. The general news is a little too reliant on AP wire and the police/crime beat.

  • Great UX but the alerts are bad

    by Mrs Heff

    The app is by far the best news app I've downloaded. It's easy to read, the stories are good and what I think are relevant and it's very easy to navigate. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because the use of the alert feature has become frivolous and should be reserved for true alerts not girl gets tongue stuck to pole or Aaron Hernandez went to court. I mean real news like earthquake, major pile up, amber alert, etc.

  • News Ap

    by Violette & Nathan

    This is the best news ap ever

  • Wcvb app

    by T-Bone McMonty 

    Excellent app very quick and informative

  • Great

    by pink shirt 32 

    Great app!

  • Good app, especially the weather info

    by Blue Brummie

    Very happy with this app

  • Updates

    by BeccaWood

    I love this app, it keeps me up to date on the important things going on in our area.

  • Nice App

    by EricGaller

    Love the news and weather alerts!

  • Good app

    by Zowiemonster

    Good app but which there was an iPad version

  • Alerts

    by Southie08

    Stop your alerts program for news that does not matter. I did not approve that on my original download.

  • crashes!

    by SenSoulReaper13888

    After update frequent crashing!... Useless now!

  • Paula

    by  curtispainterforheisman

    Do not like update. Very slow to load and not refreshing each time. Sad to see ads a part of the headlines.

  • Disappointed


    Won't open since I updated.

  • Not really good at anything

    by bryan dunderdale

    It's not perticularly good for weather, traffic, or news. Hard to navigate. I am deleting this app.

  • Great information

    by Call me thirteen

    This app is one of the best in Boston TV land. Love it

  • Best local app for Boston area

    by John from Salem

    Good app. Best weather with an easy link to school closings.

  • Love the news alerts!

    by Nanakapop

    Great App

  • I love Channel 5

    by Journeyled

    The app is a reflection of their great news service. It is very quick with the IPhone 5s.

  • Love It!

    by  Thekingsdaughter

    Love the design and all the great features it offers. Job well done, would recommend to everyone!

  • Gives me news

    by Tabbycatartist123

    I wanted a news app. This does the job well. I have had no issues with the app functioning so fat.

  • Review

    by Rene Morrissette

    Works great!

  • Newscenter 5 Apps

    by Redsoxgal22

    Love it keep me inform of all the news!!! Thanks

  • Freezes on loading

    by junk69a

    It would be great if it didn't lock up loading on top stories constantly. IPhone 5

  • WCVB

    by Sally Mayer

    Mostly a great app, which is a big improvement over older versions which overloaded and crashed the iPhone. The new version of the interactive weather radar operates seamlessly and is much superior to the older version when it comes to enlarging or shrinking the selected area. One could wish for more international stories to be included. The ads are aggravating, too big, and because if their size often cause the app to crash. Tell your sponsors to limit the size of ad graphics to stop this problem. Otherwise it is a very solid app.

  • Mobility plus

    by Cape Cod Gal

    Great way to stay up to date when you are on the go or out of town. Easy to use.

  • Repetitive stories - junk news

    by PoppyRed

    Has some decent news updates, but a lot of less-than-newsworthy items. News stories often show up more than once in the same listing.

  • Wcvb app is great!!

    by Robert Hovestadt

    Great app that is easy to use. Only issue I have had recently is with the connection to disquss for making comments.

  • Amazing App

    by DerekBianchi

    I love this app! My friends and I love to be alerted to any breaking news that's happening! I'm the only one with this App & I am ALWAYS informed before anybody else! Whether it's local, national, or international news I'm the first to know! Great for school closings & weather advisories as well!

  • ok app

    by joandjoe

    nothing to brah abt. sometimes it is old news. but weather is gd. weather and hour by hour storm track is great

  • Love it

    by KendraK24

    I love that the app sends alerts for breaking news.

  • WCVB Rocks!!!

    by Iryaix

    Channel 5 is by far the best app for local Boston news coverage! It's always the stuff you want to see in an App!

  • Great app

    by Yoda198230

    It's a great way to catch up on the news quickly

  • Awful

    by Patsfan83

    Horribly designed app. At times there could be 3 ad banner bars on the screen at once. Talk about terrible use of space.

  • Solid

    by Photo taker99999

    This is a solid app. It would only be better if there were a way to select which updates are pushed to my phone as notifications.

  • Love this app

    by Trishaellies

    It's on point and accurate

  • Rhonda L

    by Rhonda LeBlanc

    I love this app keeps me updated on the news and especially the weather.

  • Love it!

    by Mmik7

    Keeps me up to date on all the current news, it's my go to app for any news story!

  • Good Ap

    by John Sievers

    Love the weather info

  • App worked well before

    by EireItalia

    Now it functions better than it was with prior update. Wish it would provide more news stories as it is pretty limited. Seems repetitive. Crashes a lot recently after iOS7 updates

  • Love the breaking news alerts

    by KimLuch

    My days can get so crazy, that sometimes I would feel so completely out of touch. Not any more!

  • Glitchy lately

    by FromGlouMA

    Tried to open app, took 3 attempts before success - kept trying to open, but it closed/crashed 2 times in a row.

  • Update

    by Spunky13

    Installed update now unable to open app.

  • Is it just me?

    by Triviagoddess

    I get frustrated with it. If I start in an easier section then it seems ok. Moving from one "department" to another is annoying.

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