British Podcast Awards Launches £50k Fund by Matt Deegan

The British Podcast Awards today (7th October) launched an initiative that offers financial support to podcasters to enhance their shows called The BPA Fund

Launching the Fund is a £50,000 partnership with Wellcome to create an exciting new opportunity for podcasters and their listeners to champion conversations around how science affects our health, called The Pulse Award.

Co-founder Matt Hill said, “this award is a great opportunity for podcasts of all shapes and sizes to elevate their use of the latest scientific research. And the best thing is we’re not limiting this to factual or science podcasts – we welcome entries from all genres, from fiction to true crime”.

The Pulse Award will award podcasts with grants of up to £5,000 to make health-focused features, episodes and short series that engages listeners in science and health research. 

Imran Khan, Head of Public Engagement at Wellcome, said: “Wellcome invests in science and health research, and we want everyone to be able to benefit from that. So it’s really important to us that the public feels they can engage with science and health research. Podcasts are an important and growing medium that can help that connection.

“When we launched Wellcome Global Monitor earlier this year, we found that people who feel like they benefit from science are seven times more likely to trust science than those who don’t feel that way. The Pulse Award will help us to address this gap by bringing more, and more diverse, people to the conversation about science and health.”

For more information, and to apply, visit

There will also be a free event on the 30th October at King’s Place (streamed on our website) to find out more about The Pulse Award. You can register for tickets here.

The BPA Fund closes for applications on the 17th November, with successful applicants announced at the beginning of December. Listeners can expect to hear the results in April 2020.

Listeners' Choice supported by BBC Sounds: Current Standings! by Matt Deegan

The Listeners' Choice Award, supported by BBC Sounds, has seen a huge amount of campaigning, with nearly 150,000 votes cast and over 2,500 podcasts receiving at least one vote.

We'll close voting on Wednesday 15th May at 5pm and will reveal the winner at the British Podcast Awards, powered by DAX, on the evening of Saturday 18th May.

As we go into the weekend, we're now revealing the 20 podcasts with the most votes so far, but in alphabetical order!

  • Anything Goes with James English

  • Brexitcast

  • David Tennant Does a Podcast With…

  • Elis James and John Robins on Radio X Podcast

  • F1: Beyond The Grid

  • Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

  • George Ezra & Friends

  • Heart and Hand - The Rangers Podcast

  • Kermode and Mayo's Film Review

  • Loose Lips

  • Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

  • Private Parts

  • RedHanded

  • Sh**ged Married Annoyed

  • That Peter Crouch Podcast

  • The Anfield Wrap

  • The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X Podcast

  • The Wooden Spoon

  • Today in Focus

  • Triforce!

Every year the order changes right up to the closing date and we often see new podcasts make the list too. The last few days are also some of the busiest for voting. So whether you're a podcaster or podcast listener, now's the time to encourage more votes for your faves.

You, your friends and listeners can all vote at

The British Podcast Awards Returns for 2019 by Matt Deegan

  • The British Podcast Awards returns on the evening of Saturday 18th May 2019

  • Writer and critic Miranda Sawyer announced as Chair of Judges

  • Entries open today for 15 categories, including the new Acast Moment of the Year

  • All category winners will qualify for the Audioboom Podcast of the Year award

The annual British Podcast Awards returns on the evening of Saturday 18th May at Kings Place, London and today opens for submissions from UK podcasters.

Over 6 million people in the UK listen to podcasts each week, making it the fastest growing new medium. Podcasts have the ability to tell a story, to live through someone else's experiences, help solve crimes and change the way we think. Its intimacy can often provoke the strongest of emotions and the deepest of connections for the listener.

The calibre of podcasting in the last 12 months means the 2019’s Awards will be bigger and better than ever before, celebrating the best of the best; from comedy to factual, the tear-jerking to the downright scary, history to health, science to sport and in-depth interviews.

Entering its third year, the 2019 British Podcast Awards sees brand new categories including Acast Moment of the Year, Best Sex and Relationships podcast and the Bullseye Award supported by Podiant, alongside returning categories True Crime, Entertainment, Interview, Fiction and Current Affairs.

Acast Moment of the Year is a brand new award that will recognise the podcast that has made a massive impact, resonated with listeners, united or introduced people to the medium; it's awarded to the podcast that has got the nation talking.

The Bullseye Award, supported by Podiant, will honour the podcasts that are producing exceptional listening experiences for niche audiences and those under-represented in other British media.

Podcasters - big and small - can enter the awards from today (5th February) by visiting

Amongst the special awards of the night is the Audioboom Podcast of the Year, chosen from the winners of the other categories, and the Listeners' Choice Award which is voted for by the public. Last year saw over 110,000 votes cast for the most popular British podcasts.

Any podcast creator can enter the awards, with the shortlist created by over fifty expert judges. Overseeing the process as Chair of Judges is Miranda Sawyer, Radio Critic for The Observer, providing guidance and advice on what makes a podcast great.

Miranda says:

"I am delighted to be the Chair of Judges for this year's British Podcast Awards. Podcasts have changed my life (NB for the better), and I can't wait to listen to this year's entries. I'm also thrilled that so many brilliant podcast creators and fans are going to join me on the judging panel. As the Observer's audio reviewer, I get sick of my own opinions, so it's great to have other gobby pod-connoisseurs to argue with."

Organiser Matt Hill says: “2018 was a fantastic year for podcasts and we think this year will be our biggest yet. We’re over the moon to announce today support from Acast, Audioboom, Radioplayer and Podiant with more announcements due soon”.

Last year saw Cariad Lloyd become one of the biggest winners of the awards so far with her podcast Griefcast; Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode won the prestigious Listeners' Choice Award for Kermode & Mayo's Film Review; and long-time podcaster Helen Zaltzman was crowned Podcast Champion.

While Fearne Cotton presented the first award of the night, the 2018 Awards was attended by some of the the biggest names in audio such as Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode, Jake Wood, Fi Glover, Josh Widdicombe and Evanna Lynch.

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Current Listeners' Choice Awards Standings by Matt Deegan

With two weeks to go until the British Podcast Awards, podcasters across the country have been encouraging their fans to vote for them in the Listeners' Choice Award.

With over 1,300 podcasts receiving at least one vote and with nearly 50,000 votes cast, the current top 20 are listed (alphabetically!) below:

  • Elis James and John Robins on Radio X Podcast
  • Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy
  • Fortunately... with Fi and Jane
  • George Ezra & Friends
  • Hello Internet
  • Homo Sapiens
  • Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
  • Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
  • RedHanded
  • Remainiacs - The Brexit Podcast
  • Simon Mayo's Confessions
  • The Adam Buxton Podcast
  • The Anfield Wrap
  • The Assassination
  • The Bugle
  • The Dan Wootton Interview
  • The True Geordie Podcast
  • Triforce!
  • Under The Skin with Russell Brand
  • Unfiltered with James O'Brien

There's still plenty of time for the podcasts bubbling under to get into the top charts and who will be the overall winner is still far from certain. Listeners can vote for their favourites at:

The winner will be crowned at the British Podcast Awards on the 19th May 2018, tickets are available here:

2018 Nominees Announced by Matt Deegan

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband gets two nominations for his politics show, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’, as does actor Cariad Lloyd’s podcast ‘Griefcast’, where comedians discuss their own stories of bereavement.
Selected by over 50 judges listening to over 1,000 hours of entries, the British Podcast Awards recognises some of the most talked-about shows of the year that will all be in contention to win; including documentary series ‘The Butterfly Effect’ by Jon Ronson and Will Young’s interview show ‘Homo Sapiens’.
The second British Podcast Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday 19th May 2018 at King’s Place in King’s Cross.
Every UK podcast is in contention to win The Listeners’ Choice Award, a category voted for directly by fans. Podcasters can direct their fans to to back their favourites.
Last year’s award went to BBC Radio Five Live’s ‘Kermode and Mayo Film Review’, alongside a top ten comprising mostly of independent podcasts.
Brand new for 2018 is the acast Innovation Award, which recognises new approaches to the podcasting medium.
Awards Co-Creator Matt Hill says
We’re excited to welcome acast’s involvement with a great new award. If you have a product or service that is helping listeners discover new podcasts, or enhance the listening experience, this is the award for you.”
Joining acast in supporting the awards this year are RadioplayerTwitterMuddy Knees MediaPodiantWhistledownIPDTLHindenburg SystemsCreate Productions and AudibleSony Music’s 4th Floor Creative will be hosting the evening’s after show party.
Awards Co-Creator Matt Deegan says “Whether you’ve attended the Royal Wedding in the day, or not, the British Podcast Awards are the perfect place for any happy couple, or singleton for that matter, to have a great evening and celebrate a brilliant medium.”
Tickets for the awards go on sale today, and more details about the Listeners' Choice Award and acast Innovation Award are available at

Best Branded Content supported by Muddy Knees Media

Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places [iTunes] Fresh Air Production for Historic England

Parliament Explained  [iTunes] Fresh Air Production, for UK Parliamen

The Discovery Adventures [iTunes] Land Rove

The Penguin Podcast [iTunes] Somethin' Else [for Penguin Random House]

Women in Business [iTunes] NatWest, Pixiu, Acast & ZenithOptimedia


Best Comedy Podcast supported by Podiant

A Gay & A NonGay  [iTunes] James Barr & Dan Hudson

Babysitting Trevor  [iTunes] Dot Dot Dot Productions

Beef And Dairy Network Podcast [iTunes] Benjamin Partridge

The Political Party With Matt Forde [iTunes] Matt Forde

This Paranormal Life [iTunes] Rory Powers and Kit Grier


Best Culture

Literary Friction  [iTunes] Carrie Plitt and Octavia Bright

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman  [iTunes] Edith Bowman

The Invisible College [iTunes] Cathy FitzGerald [for BBC Radio 4]

The Two Shot Podcast [iTunes] Thomas Griffin and Craig Parkinson

Writer's Routine [iTunes] Dan Simpson


Best Current Affairs

Brexitcast [iTunes] BBC Radio and Music Production

Reasons To Be Cheerful [iTunes] Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Stop and Search With Jason Reed [iTunes] Jason Reed

The Foreign Desk [iTunes] Bill Leuty, Joleen Goffin and Andrew Mueller [for Monocle]

Weekly Economics Podcast  [iTunes] New Economics Foundation


Best Entertainment supported by Sony Music’s 4th Floor Creative

Griefcast  [iTunes] Cariad Lloyd

Nothing To Declare Podcast  [iTunes] Unedited

Probably True [iTunes] Scott Flashheart

The Butterfly Effect [iTunes] Jon Ronson [for Audible]

The It's Nice That Podcast [iTunes] Radio Wolfgang


Best Family

Dirty Mother Pukka [iTunes] Mother Pukka

Fun Kids Science Weekly [iTunes] Fun Kids

Once Upon A Time In Zombieville  [iTunes] Bigmouth Audio [for BBC Radio Scotland]

The Adoption [iTunes] The World at One [for BBC Radio 4]

The Discovery Adventures  [iTunes] Land Rover


Best Fiction

Blood Culture [iTunes] Resonance

Five Minute Folklore [iTunes] Bob Shoy

Imaginary Advice [iTunes] Ross Sutherland

Once Upon A Time In Zombieville [iTunes] Bigmouth Audio [for BBC Radio 4

The Discovery Adventures [iTunes] Land Rover


Best Interview supported by IP:DTL

Griefcast [iTunes] Cariad Lloyd

Homo Sapiens  [iTunes] Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Perfume Pioneers  [iTunes] Jo Barratt [for Somerset House]

The Allusionist [iTunes] Helen Zaltzman

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast  [iTunes] Stuart Goldsmith


Best New Podcast

Adrift with Geoff Lloyd & Annabel Port  [iTunes] Annabel Port and Geoff Lloyd

My First Time [iTunes] Sam Bonham [for VICE]

Radio Atlas [iTunes] Eleanor McDowall

Reasons To Be Cheerful [iTunes] Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

The Tip Off  [iTunes] Maeve McClenaghan


Most Original supported by Audible

Once Upon A Time In Zombieville  [iTunes] Bigmouth Audio [for BBC Radio Scotland]

Quake [iTunes] BBC Radio Drama North

Radio Atlas  [iTunes] Eleanor McDowall

The Discovery Adventures  [iTunes] Land Rover

The Poetry Exchange [iTunes] Fiona Lesley Bennett, Michael Shaeffer & Ben Hales


The Represent Award supported by Twitter

Carousel Radio [iTunes] Davot, Fran, Ewan, Jonny and Sam

I Hear Voices [iTunes] BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

Mostly Lit [iTunes] Alex Reads, Rai, Derek Owusu

Stance Podcast [iTunes] Chrystal Genesis & Heta Fell

The Backstory [iTunes] Claire Mutimer and Suzy Coulson


Best Radio Podcast supported by Radioplayer

Elis James & John Robins on Radio X Podcast  [iTunes] Radio X

Fun Kids Science Weekly [iTunes] Fun Kids

Russell Brand on Radio X Podcast [iTunes] Radio X

Short Cuts [iTunes} Falling Tree Productions [for BBC Radio 4]

The Listening Service [iTunes} Tom Service and The Listening Service Team [for BBC Radio 3]


Smartest with Whistledown Studios

Blue Planet II: The Podcast  [iTunes] Emily Knight & Becky Ripley [for the BBC]

Stop and Search With Jason Reed  [iTunes] Jason Reed

That Classical Podcast [iTunes] Kelly Harlock and Chris Bland

The Allusionist [iTunes] Helen Zaltzman

The Tip Off [iTunes] Maeve McClenaghan


Best Sport

Brian Moore's Full Contact [iTunes] Telegraph Media Group

Fight Disciples [iTunes] Fight Disciples

Quickly Kevin, will he score? [iTunesChris Scull, Michael Marden & Josh Widdicombe

The Cycling Podcast [iTunesRichard Moore, Lionel Birnie & Daniel Friebe

Who Are Ya? [iTunesBen Cartwright & David Cowlishaw


Best True Crime

Beyond Reasonable Doubt?  [iTunes] Wisebuddah [for BBC Radio 5 Live]

Murder Mile True-Crime Podcast [iTunes] Michael J Buchanan-Dunne

S'laughter: True Crime Podcast [iTunesLucy and Emma

The Assassination [iTunesOwen Bennett-Jones & Neal Razzell [for BBC World Service]

They Walk Among Us [iTunesRosanna and Benjamin Fitton