BBC forces removal of unofficial app from Windows app stores
Lawrence Gripper, now a technical account manager at Microsoft, built the BBC News app for the Windows Phone and Windows 8 stores, describing it as a “labour of love”.
Since it was launched, the third-party app has seen over half a million downloads, bolstered by the fact the BBC doesn't have an official News app available for the Windows platform.
Meanwhile, Gripper said in his personal blog: "It is with great sadness today that I removed both applications from the store."
It is unknown if the removal of the app is linked to the BBC developing its own official News app for Windows. Rumours of such a move have been circulating since it announced plans to support its iPlayer streaming service on Windows Phone.