BBC Announces iPhone Apps, Seeks to Squash Third-Party App

The British Broadcasting Corp. is thinking mobile, announcing three iPhone apps at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, while at the same time issuing a cease-and-desist order against Camiloo, a third-party developer that had been promoting an upcoming BBC Player iPhone app, paidContent:UK reported in two stories that can be found here and here.

On the subject of its own apps, the BBC will launch an iPhone app focusing on news and video in April, followed by a sports app, and possibly by an app that would include BBC’s iPlayer service, according to paidContent:UK, which added that the third app would only be available in the United Kingdom.

And as for Camiloo, managing director Mark Newby told paidContent:UK in an email:

We have just received a cease-and-desist from the BBC, and have had to comply. Naturally, we are very disappointed that the BBC has chosen not to allow our project to continue, but we vow to bounce back immediately with new and interesting apps.