While most of the categories are up to the judges, this award is decided by the podcast-listening public. Based on an open poll in which over 200,000 people submitted a vote for their favourite podcast, this award signifies not just the size of the winner’s audience, but also how deeply committed and engaged they are.
The winner of this award demonstrates the power of social media, and how important it is to build a community around your show with authentic content. Without the support of a major publisher, this podcast has built a fiercely loyal following which catapulted them to the top of our poll, securing their victory.
Coming back as winners of the Listeners’ Choice award for an astonishing third year in a row, RedHanded hosts Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire have proven that both they and their podcast have staying power. Despite fierce competition, RedHanded’s deep connection with its audience has carried it to victory once again.
That’s perhaps unsurprising, considering it’s built a significant and devoted base of listeners over the six years it’s been running, but the fact that it’s managed to sustain and grow this popularity as the true crime genre becomes ever-more contested deserves praise - as does the informal yet engaging tone of the weekly show itself.
With one spin-off podcast already under their belt, Bala and Maguire have demonstrated their versatility as hosts, and this latest win shows that, as they grow in their talents and abilities, their audience is growing with them.