The British Podcast Awards has announced the names of the top five contenders in the running for the Listener’s Choice Award and the final deadline for fans to submit their votes for their favourite podcast.
The final shortlist includes hit comedy podcasts Help I Sexted My Boss, Live, Laugh, Love - Ladbaby, and Staying Relevant, gossip and girl-chat podcast The Girls Bathroom, and two-time previous winners of the trophy, true-crime podcast RedHanded. So far this year, the British Podcast Awards has received over 200,000 individual votes through the public poll on its website.
Fans still have until 23:59 on 12 September to submit their final votes for their favourite podcast. For nominees to qualify, the podcasts must have been available from at least 1 June 2023 and must be listed in the Apple Podcasts directory.
Winners of the Listener’s Choice Award will be announced during this year’s ceremony which is taking place on 28 September at the immersive entertainment space HERE at Outernet in central London. The night will be hosted by Zoe Lyons and Stephen Bailey, comedians and co-hosts of the Let's Talk About the Husband podcast.
This is the seventh year that the British Podcast Awards is taking place, now powered by PodPod, after the event was acquired by Haymarket Media Group in June 2022. The event is a sister title to the Irish Podcast Awards and Australian Podcast Awards.
This year’s awards is also supported by a number of Gold Partners including BBC Sounds, Global, Audible, Amazon Music, and Wondery. Each of the partners is sponsoring a different award category, with BBC Sounds backing Best Daily Podcast, Global sponsoring the Spotlight Awards and the Best Sports Podcast category, Audible sponsoring the Podcast Champion category, and Amazon Music and Wondery sponsoring the Best Comedy Podcast category.
The complete shortlist for the rest of the award categories includes a mix of big-name and independent titles, such as Global’s current affairs podcast The News Agents, which was nominated across three categories including Best News & Current Affairs Podcast, Best Daily Podcast, and the Spotlight Award, Sounds of Black Britain for Best History Podcast, Masala Podcast with Sangeeta Pillai for Best Interview, and more.
Tickets are currently still available to purchase via the British Podcast Awards website, ranging between £118+VAT (£141.60) for small companies to £255+VAT (£306) for large companies. All shortlisted Rising Star nominees and small companies also qualify for one free ticket as part of the bursary scheme, supported by Amazon Music and Wondery, which can be applied to by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the ceremony can be found on the British Podcast Awards website.