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.


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


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 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

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