The updated PBS NewsHour iPhone App is now available free-of-charge via the App Store, and it offers HD-quality video, multimedia content, updated news, and customizable news feeds.

The app is compatible with iPhone or iPod Touch devices with operating systems 3 or 4, and it syncs via Wi-Fi to download the most current news directly to devices.

PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer said:

The iPhone App is just the latest step in the NewsHour move to extend beyond the hour and offer our signature brand of journalism, MacNeil-Lehrer journalism, anywhere, anytime. Although the technology may have changed, our commitment to in-depth reporting, balanced analysis, and civil discourse is as strong as ever.

Executive producer Linda Winslow added:

The app is the latest in a series of digital offerings that have helped us extend the NewsHour‘s personal relationship with our audience. Online features of our oil spill coverage, including a widget, streaming video of the spill, and interactive interviews via YouTube and Google were all extremely popular, earning the Web site over 14 million views and expanding the NewsHour‘s growing community of fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter.