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

Deadline Extension by Matt Deegan

DEADLINE EXTENDED: edit and submit your entries by midday, Monday 5th March.

Hello podcasters - we've had a few emails about how the snow has thwarted their entry plans...

* so we've decided to extend entries until Monday 5th March at midday *

If you've submitted in haste, and are filled with regret, you can also edit your entry until this time.


The British Podcast Awards Are Back! by Matt Deegan


The British Podcast Awards is returning for a second year and has announced comedian and podcaster Nish Kumar will chair the prestigious judging panel. 

The British Podcast Awards celebrate the excellent work of the UK's podcast community and works to help people discover brilliant new podcasts. Today, 2nd February, podcasters are able to enter 15 categories which range from Best Comedy and Best Sports podcast, to the Represent Award which rewards diversity.

This year the Awards are also adding a category for Family and Kids content, following an explosion in new audio for parents and children, and the Most Original Podcast award that will crown the podcast that's taking the medium into new directions.

Nominees for each of the categories will be featured in a British Podcast Awards audio series for the Guardian, with all episodes being featured in their Culture Podcast channel.

Matt Hill, co-founder of the BPAs says: "We're delighted to be working with The Guardian again, we want to be able to spread the word about the UK's great podcasts and this series will definitely help us do just that."

The winner from each of the BPAs categories will be eligible to win the coveted Podcast of the Year Award.

Comedian Nish Kumar has also been announced as the Chair of Judges for 2018. Nish is a regular on The Bugle podcast and presents The Mash Report for BBC2. 

Nish says: "It's a honour to be passed the baton from Helen Zaltzman to lead the judging panel for this year's British Podcast Awards. And just like other leaders, I will cram it with my own, like-minded appointments. So I hope you're all making podcasts about Frank Ocean. Good luck everybody!"

Matt Deegan co-founder of the BPAs says: "Last year we had an amazing response to the British Podcast Awards and we've worked hard to make this year even bigger. We're excited to have Nish on board and have some more amazing announcements to make soon. Right now, we encourage UK podcasters to get entering!".

Entries will close on Friday, 2nd March.

To find out how to enter, visit

British Podcast Awards Winners by Matt Deegan

Fathers and Sons named Podcast of the Year at first British Podcast Awards 

  • Awards handed out to 18 winners from podcasts covering TV, film, sport, comedy, true crime, current affairs and more
  • Winners picked from more than 400 entries by a panel of 50 independent judges
  • Over 100,000 public votes registered for the Listeners' Choice award
  • Romesh Ranganathan picks up best Entertainment Podcast for Hip Hop Saved My Life
  • Adam Buxton named Podcast Champion
  • Listeners’ Choice Award goes to Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review  

Fathers and Sons by Radio Wolfgang and Mr Porter has been named the audioBoom Podcast of the Year at the inaugural British Podcast Awards. The event in King’s Cross, London, this evening also saw Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review pick up the Listeners' Choice award and Adam Buxton named Podcast Champion.

Created to showcase and celebrate the strength, depth and diversity of the UK industry, the British Podcast Awards named winners from 15 categories covering the vast expanse of genres available to subscribe to and download. The three special awards – Podcast of Year, Listeners' Choice and Podcast Champion – took the total to 18 winners.

In total, more than 400 podcasts entered, with more than 100,000 public votes coming in for the Listeners' Choice Award that went to Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review.

Fathers and Sons, produced by Mr Porter and Radio Wolfgang, explores contemporary masculinity through the eyes of fathers and their sons. It celebrates all aspects of fatherhood, looking at the highs and lows of birth, death, love, money, health and inheritance. Radio Wolfgang is an independent online and app-based radio station co-founded by George Lamb and Colm Roche.

Adam Buxton was crowned Podcast Champion, the award that recognises the person that has done the most to help and develop podcasts in 2016. The Adam Buxton Podcast has taken industry by storm and each week welcomes some of the best-known names, with guests like Steve Coogan, Sally Wainwright, Kathy Burke and Louis Theroux. 

Amongst the winners (full list with runners-up below) was Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan and audioBoom, which was named the Best Entertainment Podcast with Maple Street Studios. The Best Comedy Podcast supported by Podiant went to the Beef & Dairy Network Podcast hosted by Benjamin Partridge.

The Best Current Affairs Podcast was handed to The Inquiry - BBC Current Affairs for BBC World Service, the Best True Crime Podcast was named as They Walk Among Us with Benjamin Fitton and Rosanna Fitton, whilst Fight Disciples picked up the Best Sports Podcast.

In recognition of the non-British offering, How To Be A Girl was named Best International Podcast. The show stars Seattle single mum, Marlo Mack, alongside her young transgender daughter who discuss their lives together and the challenges they face.

A stellar cast of more than 50 independent judges from across the audio and media industry supported the British Podcast Awards. Chaired by SONY Award winning Helen Zaltzman, the judges included Miranda Sawyer (The Observer), Maria Williams (Radio Producer), Rhianna Dhillon (Film Critic), Fiona Sturges (Financial Times), Phil Maguire (Prison Radio Association), Caroline Crampton (New Statesman), Marie McPartlin (Somerset House), Michael Hill (Radioplayer) and Paul Donovan (The Sunday Times).

Hosted by Olly Mann (Answer Me This!, The Modern Mann) presenters on the night included Edith BowmanGrace Dent and James Cooper from My Dad Wrote a Porno.

Matt Deegan, co-founder of the British Podcast Awards, along with Matt Hill, said: “The Podcast phenomenon is growing greater by the week and Britain is producing some of the best content in the world. We felt that needed recognition and what better way than through the first ever British Podcast Awards.

“I want to congratulate all of the winners and runners-up; it was an almost impossible job for the judges to pick between the entries. Despite that, they have delivered a brilliant cross-section of winners that represent the best that British podcasting has to offer.”

Adam Buxton said: “I’d like to thank everyone who nominated me Podcast Champion of the Year. Wow, I’ve never been the champion of anything before, except maybe being passive aggressive and onanism so it’s very exciting for me. I genuinely love the medium of podcasting. I think that it has the power to promote curiosity, to promote understanding and of course to promote Squarespace.”

British Podcast Awards 2017 winners and runners-up: 

audioBoom Podcast of the Year:

  • Fathers And Sons - Radio Wolfgang with Mr Porter

Podcast Champion:

  • Adam Buxton

Listeners' Choice Award: 

  • Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review

Best Interview Podcast supported by ipDTL:

  • Winner: Scientists Not The Science - Stuart Higgins
  • Silver: What Goes On Here - Sam Walker
  • Bronze: Getting Better Acquainted - Dave Pickering

Best Current Affairs Podcast:

  • Winner: The Inquiry - BBC Current Affairs for BBC World Service
  • Silver: The Economist asks - The Economist
  • Bronze: Weekly Economics Podcast - New Economics Foundation

Best Review Podcast:

  • Winner: Song by Song - Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay
  • Silver: The Penguin Podcast - Somethin’ Else
  • Bronze: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman - Edith Bowman

Best Entertainment Podcast with Maple Street Studios:

  • Winner: Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan - audioBoom
  • Silver: Probably True - Scott Flashheart Elliott
  • Bronze: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman - Edith Bowman

Best 'Other' Podcast: 

  • Winner: Between the Ears - BBC Radio
  • Silver: Mountain - Christopher Sleight
  • Bronze: Weird Tales and the Unexplainable - Bob Shoy 

Best Branded Content Podcast supported by Create:

  • Winner: Fathers and Sons  - Radio Wolfgang with Mr Porter
  • Silver: Sound Matters – Third Ear / Quincey Sound production for B&O Play
  • Bronze: The National Trust Gardens Podcast – Fresh Air Production

Best Radio Podcast supported by UK Radioplayer:

  • Winner: Shortcuts - Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio
  • Silver: 50 Things That Changed The Modern Economy - BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service
  • Bronze: Ollie & Si - Ollie Gallant and Simon Alexander, Quidem Radio for Touch FM 

Best True Crime Podcast:

  • Winner: They Walk Among Us - Benjamin Fitton and Rosanna Fitton
  • Silver: Body On The Moor - BBC Radio
  • Bronze Untold: the Daniel Morgan Murder - Peter Jukes and Deeivya Meir

Best Sports Podcast:

  • Winner: Fight Disciples
  • Silver: Hornet Heaven - Olly Wicken
  • Bronze: The Big Interview With Graham Hunter - Neil White

Best International Podcast:

  • Winner: How To Be A Girl
  • Silver: Radiolab
  • Bronze: Homecoming 

Best New Podcast supported by the Radio Independents Group:

  • Winner: The Cinemile - Dave Corkery and Cathy Cullen
  • Silver: The Untold - BBC Radio 4
  • Bronze: Everyone Else - Eva Krysiak

Best Fiction Podcast:

  • Winner: Tracks - BBC Radio
  • Silver: Wooden Overcoats - Wooden Overcoats Ltd
  • Bronze: Beef & Dairy Network Podcast - Benjamin Partridge

Best Comedy Podcast supported by Podiant:

  • Winner: Beef & Dairy Network Podcast - Benjamin Partridge
  • Silver: The Adam Buxton Podcast - Adam Buxton
  • Bronze: Do the Right Thing - Fuzz Productions

The Represent Award for new podcast audiences:

  • Winner: Melanin Millennials - The ShoutOut Network
  • Silver: Farmerama - Jo Barratt and Abby Rose
  • Bronze: Lunar Poetry Podcasts - David Turner 

Smartest podcast supported by Whistledown Studios:

  • Winner: Coffee Break Italian - Radio Lingua Network
  • Silver: Scienceish - Radio Wolfgang
  • Bronze: Sound Matters - Third Ear/Quincey Sound production for B&O Play
Radio Wolfgang Picking Up The audioBoom Podcast of the Year

Radio Wolfgang Picking Up The audioBoom Podcast of the Year

Olly Mann hosting the night

Olly Mann hosting the night

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 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
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.