Audio streaming service Apple Podcasts has collaborated with the British Podcast Awards to release a new collection on its app highlighting this year's nominees.
The collection features shortlisted podcasts that are already available on the app, categorised according to the award category that they’re nominated for. This excludes any BBC or Audible exclusives that aren’t available on Apple Podcasts.
The shortlist for this year’s British Podcast Awards was announced on Monday last week and includes 150 nominees in total across 27 categories. This includes a mix of big-name titles such as Global’s news and current affairs podcast The News Agents and independent titles like musical story-telling podcast Folk on Foot.
On Friday, the British Podcast Awards released a statement saying that it was introducing revised tiered ticket prices following online feedback from the podcast community on the initial prices. The tiered tickets are based on the size of the business, with small company tickets priced at £118+VAT (£141.60), medium priced at £165+VAT (£198), and large priced at £255+VAT (£306).
Small companies are considered to have a turnover below £100,000 while medium-sized ones have a turnover between £100K and £250K and large companies have a turnover of above £250K.
Additionally, every Rising Star nominee and small company entrant qualifies for a free bursary place this year. The bursary scheme is also open to other applications and will be assessed by the British Podcast Awards team.
“When we initially announced the ticket prices, we offered one rate for an individual ticket, but we have listened to feedback from across the podcast community who told us that the pricing needed to reflect company size to improve accessibility,” the statement wrote. “We originally increased the ticket prices this year because we have moved the awards ceremony from an outdoor event during the day to a top, central London venue in the evening, with food, drink and entertainment, a DJ and after-party all included, plus the BPAs invest in marketing, publicity support and online write-ups for the winners afterwards.
“We hope that the new, tiered ticket pricing, and the fact that all of the Rising Star nominees and small company entrants on the shortlist have qualified for a free place, will make a positive difference.”
This year’s British Podcast Awards ceremony is powered by PodPod and supported by sponsors including Global and BBC Sounds. The event will take place on 28 September at immersive entertainment space HERE at Outernet in central London and will be hosted by Zoe Lyons and Stephen Bailey, comedians and co-hosts of the Let's Talk About the Husband podcast.
The British Podcast Awards is a sister event to the Irish Podcast Awards and the Australian Podcast Awards, both of which are also taking place this year. Entries for the APAs are still open until the deadline on 3 August.
Further information about the ceremony and the shortlist can be found on the British Podcast Awards website.