updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue August 11, 2009
BBC holds on iPhone apps
The BBC is reluctant to commit to iPhone development, a new report alleges. The network already has a small selection of apps available, including ones for Radio Times and Lonely Planet. It is believed, however, to be cautious about going any further, as a result of the terms and conditions imposed on developers at the App Store. Apple's wording would expose the BBC to "unlimited liability," according to claims.
Developers are particularly asked to accept responsibility for "any and all claims, suits, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses arising from or attributable to the licensed applications." While potentially hazardous, it is not certain why the BBC would object to the agreement, as numerous other broadcasters have published titles and no known lawsuits have been filed. The organization is nevertheless said to be negotiating with Apple for terms that would require less money set aside for legal defense.
A BBC spokesperson insists that the company is considering mobile app options, and regularly in talks with potential partner companies.