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