Channel One News

App review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Mobile access to news, from serious stuff to serious fluff.

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Ease of Play

While overall it's simple to choose a category and read articles or watch videos, some parts of navigating the app feel less-than-intuitive. During our review, some categories occasionally returned an error message instead of content when clicked. And, most surprisingly, when you tap on a link read a story, you're taken to the Channel One website, which is not optimized for mobile devices.


The app includes articles and recent video footage covering wars and bombings.


Ads run across the screen and are constantly changing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Channel One News is a politically charged and informative app that encourages teens to learn about national and international relations. The app -- essentially a portal to Channel One's website -- includes articles on everything from economic struggle and the division of Congress, to oil productivity in Libya. Some video footage contains bombings (one shows a person completely covered with a sheet being hauled away on a stretcher). If international issues are too heavy, lighter topics can be found in the “fun” section where users partake in quizzes and games that teach the effects of drinking high-energy drinks and how to play the bass.

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Is it any good?

CHANNEL ONE NEWS offers a mixture of important information and fun entertainment that will interest parents and teens. Along with educational articles about world events, sports, and music, the "fun" section offers slide shows on "how to play the bass" and quirky quizzes about "will you be rich" and "who would you choose: Edward or Jacob?" So whether interests lie in NBA negotiations, a Senate bill, or Twilight -- this is an app that will apply to many.

The downside? Sometimes links take too long to download. The ads can get annoying very quickly. And it's truly perplexing that the links to read stories lead to a site that's clearly not optimized for mobile.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 9, 2012
  • Category: News
  • Size: 882.00 MB
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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