On Monday 8th April at 6pm, the nominations for this year's British Podcast Awards powered by DAX will be announced by none other than QI researchers and podcasting stars 'No Such Thing As A Fish'.
Live streamed on the British Podcast Awards Twitter (@BritPodAwards), No Such Thing As A Fish will reveal the top six podcasts nominated in each of the 15 categories including Best New Podcast, Best Entertainment Podcast, Best Current Affairs and Moment of the Year supported by Acast.
"We at No Such Thing As A Fish are proud to be announcing the nominees for this year's British Podcast Awards. No amount of money will convince us to change any of the results, but it can't hurt to try..."
Co-presenter Andrew Hunter Murray
Listeners' Choice Award with BBC Sounds
The Listeners' Choice Award is open to all British podcasts and voted for by the British public. We are delighted to announce BBC Sounds as our Award Partners for this exciting category.
Voting for this year's Listeners' Choice Awards opens after the nominations are announced on the 8th April. Last year saw over 110,000 votes cast for the nation's favourite podcast with the award going to Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode for BBC 5 Live's Kermode & Mayo's Film Review.
BBC Sounds is the new way to listen to BBC audio - your favourite programmes, radio stations, music and of course podcasts in one place.
"With this exciting new partnership between the British Podcast Awards and BBC Sounds, the BBC continues in its aim to champion high quality, and celebrate success, in the whole audio industry. We want to wish good luck to all those podcasts taking part - because now is the time to start preparing those campaigns."
James Purnell, BBC Director of Radio and Education
Best Comedy with Spotify
Announcing another media heavyweight supporter, The British Podcast Awards are delighted to bring the world's single largest streaming music service on board - Spotify.
Supporting the Best Comedy category as Spotify continue to grow their support for podcasts, the streaming giant are helping to celebrate the podcasts of last year that made us laugh the most. Be it a belly laugh, one that's sweet-natured, angry or timely satire or just plain surreal, Spotify will help celebrate them all, giving the gold award to the one that made the judges laugh most.
"It's an exciting time for comedy, with lots of very funny people starting their own podcasts and connecting with new audiences on Spotify and elsewhere. I can't wait to hear the nominees."
James Cator, Head of Podcast Partnerships, EMEA
THE BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS
The British Podcast Awards powered by DAX return on Saturday 18th May and this year is already set to be bigger and better than ever before.
DAX is an end to end solution for the hosting, distribution, ad insertion and monetisation of podcasts. They have a large, dedicated, experienced team who work with over 650 podcasters to monetise their content with the perfect advertising partners. DAX is part of Global - the media and entertainment group, which includes brands such as Heart, Capital and LBC.
Returning to Kings Place in King's Cross, London, the British Podcast Awards powered by DAX celebrate the best of British Podcasts. With the industry booming, choosing this year's nominees is going to be difficult for the 50 judges with this year's Chair of Judges none other than The Observer's radio critic Miranda Sawyer.
This year has seen the success of established and new podcasts, all of which have the power to move us, make us laugh, make us cry, help solve crimes, tell stories and inform us.
This year has seen Dirty John, Homecoming and My Dad Wrote A Porno turned into TV shows and movies due to the success of their podcasting form. Podcasters have moved into mainstream too, with celebrities such as Peter Crouch, Fearne Cotton, David Walliams, David Tennant, Adwoa Aboah all launching their very own podcasts, introducing brand new audiences to podcasts.
With over six million people tuning into podcasts each week in the UK alone, podcasts are now bigger than ever before. Powered by DAX, The Podcast Awards also teaming up with streaming powerhouses BBC Sounds and Spotify - shows the podcast industry is going from strength to strength.