CELEBRATING THE BEST IN BRITISH PODCASTING 



Congratulations to the 2023 winners

 The entries we received covered all elements of podcasting from hilarious entertainment listening to hard hitting real life issues. The varied industry of podcasting has really been captured in this year’s winner.  Get ahead of the game and register your interest below for 2024 to be the first to hear once we are open for entries! 

ABOUT THE BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS


Podcasting is becoming more important than ever, both as a creative medium and as a commercial channel, and this growth is being driven by the tireless dedication of the podcast community. Now in its 7th year, the British Podcast Awards champions the people both in front of and behind the microphone, giving creators the recognition they deserve.

This year, the British Podcast Awards is brought to you by PodPod, the podcast industry’s leading trade publication, and aims to shine a light on the very best the sector has to offer across a wide range of topics and formats. To keep our categories fresh and relevant we’ve evolved our categories this year to include History, Parenting and Kids, to ensure, as always, we are representing the full scope of the market. Whether you’re part of a major studio or a solo podcaster going it alone, the British Podcast Awards is your chance to showcase your skills.

Our panel of independent expert judges will be looking for the best and brightest the podcast industry has to offer, recognising those standout shows that elevate the medium and help create an industry that we can all be proud of. We’re looking forward to receiving your entries and celebrating the passion and diversity of podcasting with you.

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BENEFITS OF ENTERING


The British Podcast Awards is the industry leading podcast awards. We are looking for shows that celebrate the best of the podcast medium, rewarding programmes that create high-quality, episodic content, consumed by their subscribers and podcast app listeners. 


Here are a few benefits of entering the British Podcast Awards.



JUDGING THE BPAs



Judges will be asked to reward entries with an appreciation of the podcast audience and medium, and that do so consistently. They will consider three areas equally: 

QUALITY - both of the sound and the content. How have you used sound to tell your story in the best possible way? Is the content interesting, entertaining or engaging and delivered well?

IMPACT - engage our judges with your best work. Does it stand out in the category? Judges will ask themselves: would this content motivate me to listen to this show on a regular basis?

NEW PERSPECTIVES - podcasting is a medium with low barriers to entry, and with longer engagement than most online media. So we’re looking for treatments, guests and stories that aren’t represented in other media, perspectives that you couldn’t hear anywhere else and specifically material tuned to the podcast listening experience.


The British Podcast Awards matter because they are judged by the toughest critics, your peers. Our expert judging panels are made up of leaders from across the sector and we pride ourselves on our rigorous and objective judging process. Each entry is judged by three to five people and we design it so that different kinds of people hear your work. 

Judging is a two stage process. Round one happens online during the month of June where judges are asked to independently mark all entries. These scores are reviewed and form the basis of our shortlist. 

For round two, we bring all judges together within their panels to discuss the shortlisted entries and determine the winners. 

The final judging panel will be comprised of an inclusive range of individuals to fully represent the industry. Our aim is to give as many diverse voices (women, BAME, LGBTQ+, different ages / seniority, people with disabilities) a chance to determine the results of this industry-leading event.


KEY INFORMATION


The British Podcast Awards are looking for shows that celebrate the best of the podcast medium, rewarding programmes that create high-quality, episodic content, consumed by their subscribers and podcast app listeners.

DATES

2024 entry period – opens in February 2024

2023 HIGHLIGHTS



HEAR FROM PAST WINNERS






CATEGORIES


This year we had a range of categories, each designed to showcase a specific genre, format or personal achievement.

Genres

Arts & Culture

Business

Climate

Comedy

Documentary

Entertainment

Factual

Fiction

History

Kids

News & Current Affairs

Parenting

Sex & Relationships

Sport

True Crime

Wellbeing

General

Daily

Interview

Network or Publisher

New Podcast

Welsh Language

People and Teams

Rising Star

Calling all new producers and presenters! If you have under two year’s experience in podcasting and doing great things we would like to hear your story. This is a category for individuals rather than a show.

Editors' Choice Awards

The following categories are not open for entry. To find out more, download our entry pack.

Specialist Award

Spotlight Award

Podcast Champion

PodPod Hall of Frame

Podcast of the Year

The highest honour of the night, with the winner chosen from the Gold winners of the categories above, so anyone who wins their category has a chance of winning this most prestigious of prizes.


Entries in this category will have outstanding presentation, original research or writing, appropriately superb sound design and boundary-pushing material that showcases the very best of what British podcasting can achieve.

Publicly voted

Listeners' Choice

Our public poll involves getting your listeners to vote for you, for free, on our website. Last year over 220,000 individuals supported their favourite podcast, with those with the most passionate fans doing the best. Could that be your show?


Voting opens in June 2023. 


To qualify for the Listeners' Choice Award, podcasts must have been available by 1 June 2023 listed in the Apple Podcasts directory. The winner of the competition will be determined by the total number of valid votes received during the voting period. The winner of the vote will be announced during the British Podcast Awards in September.

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