An employee at Microsoft recently created his own third-party BBC application for Windows, which has today been forced to be removed from all Windows Stores.

Created by Lawrence Gripper used to be available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8, with around half a million active users, the app is forced to be removed due to legal pressure from the BBC, although the app is yet to disappear.

The app used the BBC logo and provided access to their feeds from the BBC website.

Gripper wrote the following about the removal, “It is with great sadness today that I removed both applications from the store,” unfortunately he didn’t add any specifics about the removal.

After which the BBC gave comment on the app to Pocket-Lint, saying the following in their statement:

“The BBC has clear terms of use that are designed to enable further distribution of BBC content and services in a way that is fair to all parties, and does not imply authorisation or endorsement by the BBC. These are available at In this case, the terms of use were unfortunately not met, and we have therefore asked for the app to be removed.”

Via: The Verge

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