Listener Choice Vote Update by Matt Deegan

We've been overwhelmed by the number of votes that have been submitted for the British Podcast Awards Listener Choice. Around 80,000 have been cast with over a thousand podcasts getting at least a single vote. 

But, as we approach our ceremony on the 29th April we thought it only fair to give an update. So below we're listening the current top 20 podcasts (in alphabetical order!). If you're not in the list there is still very much time to get into the chart. ALSO the top two ARE SO CLOSE. OMG. ETC. It really could be anyone's. 

Channel your fans to https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote/ to make a difference!

The *current* Top 20 (alphabetically)

Athletico Mince
Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip
DumTeeDum - A show about The BBC The Archers by its Fans
Elis James and John Robins on Radio X
Football Weekly - The Guardian
Getting To Know The Network
Gorilla Position
Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
Luke's ENGLISH Podcast - Learn British English with Luke Thompson
My Dad Wrote A Porno
The Anfield Wrap Podcast
The Cycling Podcast
The Empire Film Podcast
The Guilty Feminist
The Jon Gaunt Show
The Magic Sponge with Jimmy Bullard, Rob Beckett and Ian Smith
The ParaPod
The Two Mikes
The YogPod
Unexplained
Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder

We're on the verge of selling out the ceremony on the 29th April. If you want to grab a ticket, we'd do it sooner rather than later here.

 

Nominations Announced Friday! by Matt Deegan

The time is near! We'll be announcing the nominations for the British Podcast Awards at midday this Friday (31st March) here on the British Podcast Awards website and Twitter.

The Listener Choice vote will, however, still be open until 5pm on the 28th April. So, keep encouraging votes on your shows and on social media. We'll be announcing the Top 10 on the night.

To come along to the event, tickets are now on sale for the ceremony on the 29th April. The Early Bird price is £19 and will be available until we announce the nominations. When the noms are released, the price will increase to £26 so book now to enjoy a discount to podcasting's biggest party of the year.

There's also still time to nominate your Podcast Champion. This is the person who you think has done the most for podcasting in 2016. You can nominate who you think should get it, here.  

Please also check out our sponsors, who are a massive help in keeping the costs as low as possible and all provide great services to podcasters: audioBoomRadioplayerPodiantRadio Independents GroupMaple Street StudiosipDTLAcast and Whistledown Studios.

Tickets, Podcast Champion and Listeners' Choice by Matt Deegan

Phew!

We've been overwhelmed by entries for the inaugural British Podcast Awards and boy do you like to leave it to the last minute! We had half the entries arriving up until Sunday and then another half arrived on Monday! They're now winging their way to the judges.

Listener Choice Award

All entries qualify for the audioBoom Best Podcast Award, however we're also opening up a category for listeners to pick their favourite podcast - the Listeners' Choice Award

Whether you've entered so far, or not, you can encourage your listeners to vote for you by sending them to britishpodcastawards.com/vote. It's winner takes all - so get encouraging! Listeners who vote also go in the draw to win two tickets to the awards ceremony!

To be eligible, podcasts need to have been produced in Great Britain or Northern Ireland and have published at least six episodes in 2016.

Awards Ceremony

Speaking of which, we've opened up the box office to buy tickets to Podcasting's Biggest Party on the evening Saturday April 29th. Whether you're a podcaster or a listener come and celebrate the greatest medium. Tickets available here.

Podcast Champion

We're also after you're suggestions for who should be our Podcast Champion. We're looking for suggestions of people who've helped to take the medium forward in 2016. They could be a podcaster, a journalist, a campaigner, anyone! Send your suggestion here.

 

British Podcast Awards Launch by Matt Deegan

Twelve years after Apple created its iTunes podcast store, three years after Serial, the newest addition to the audio sector is to get its own awards ceremony.

The British Podcast Awards launches today, hoping to discover the breakout hits that rival the most talked-about shows of recent years.

The Chair of Judges for 2017 will be Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist - part of the record-breaking Radiotopia network - and co-host of Answer Me This!, arguably one of Britain’s most successful, long-running podcasts.

Co-founder Matt Deegan said: “Britain has always been a home of creative excellence, and we want to help find the next Answer Me This! or My Dad Wrote A Porno.”

Alongside the usual gongs for comedy and current affairs, there’ll also be categories for True Crime, Best Interview and Smartest Podcast amongst others.

Co-founder Matt Hill said: “The British Podcast Awards aims to celebrate the quirkiest and most inventive shows being made right now - so we’ve built categories that reflect the huge range of talent in this country.”

The winners will be announced at the end of April at a Gala event and post-show party, presented by podcasting’s biggest names. Supporters of the night include two major podcast platforms, audioBoom and Acast, plus London recording studio Maple Street Studios and UK Radioplayer, who are supporting podcasts from broadcast radio shows.

The finalists will also be featured in an exclusive podcast series, available at theguardian.com/audio.

The awards will be decided by a panel of independent judges representing podcast creators, publishers, the press, listeners and audio industry executives.

Entries open today (6th February) and will close a month later on Monday, 6th March. To enter, go to britishpodcastawards.com