City University announces speaker line-up for free BPA winners’ event in partnership with PodPod

Podcast of The Year and Best Factual Podcast winner to host a session

City University of London has announced the final line-up for the free-to-attend British Podcast Awards event this month, featuring a selection of Gold winners on stage sharing their experiences and insights.

The event, created in partnership with PodPod, follows the seventh-annual British Podcast Awards ceremony which took place on 28 September. It will be a chance for those who did not attend the ceremony to hear more from the winners for inspiration, including series producer and sound designer of Podcast of The Year winner A Positive Life, Arlie Adlington. 

Other speakers included in the line-up include India Rakusen, host, and Suzy Grant, executive producer, of Best New Podcast winner 28ish Days Later, Andrew Spence, executive producer of Best History Podcast winner Sounds of Black Britain, Basia Cummings, presenter of Best Documentary Podcast winner Pig Iron, and Russell Finch, executive producer of Best True Crime podcast winner Who Killed Daphne?

In addition to the speaker sessions, Jack Suddaby, producer of the Time and Again podcast will be interviewing one of the subjects of the series on stage. The series from Switchback won Gold this year for Best Arts and Culture podcast.

The event will take place on 25 October from 6PM, including a networking reception after the session, offering a chance for attendees to form connections with experts from the industry. It will be held at City University’s Centre of Podcasting Excellence, which was launched in January this year by former BBC News editor and Bauer digital content director Brett Spencer

“We're delighted to be able to offer City University students, industry professionals and podcast fans the chance to hear from some of our fantastic British Podcast Award winners about their process and approach,” said PodPod editor Adam Shepherd. “We'll be hearing from winners across a range of sizes and genres, and we can't wait to deep-dive into what makes these award-winning podcasts so special.”

“The event will be a unique opportunity to hear from award-winning podcast makers who have won the industry’s highest honour,” said Spencer, who was also a judge for the awards. “We are looking forward to them sharing their knowledge and the secrets to their podcast success.” 

City University is the first academic institution in the UK to launch a Masters of Arts course in Podcasting, which started its first year in September 2023. The hands-on course teaches a combination of the technical and practical skills needed to create and publish a podcast, including production, UK media law, social media, and other electives like voice and presenting skills. 

Supporters of the program include independent podcast production company Goalhanger, who became the first-ever investor in City University’s £5,000 Change Makers bursary, which supports a student from an underrepresented background for the next two years.