Irish Podcast Awards announce final shortlist for Listeners' Choice award

The Group Chat podcast’s Zara King and Richard Chambers to host ceremony

The Irish Podcast Awards has announced the top five podcasts to make the final shortlist for this year’s Listeners' Choice Award, supported by Acast. 

More than 24,000 votes were submitted for this year’s Listeners' Choice category, and the podcasts that made it to the final shortlist include sports podcast Ah Ref, comedy podcasts Big News Coming Soon, Left on Read, and Talking Bollox - which won the award at last year’s inaugural event - and paranormal podcast Real Life Ghost Stories.

This year’s Irish Podcast Awards ceremony is sponsored by headline partner GoLoud, who is also sponsoring the Entertainment and Podcast of the Year categories, as well as Global, sponsoring the Podcast Champion award, and Acast, who is supporting the Rising Star and Listeners' Choice award. The evening will be hosted by PodPod and presented by Virgin Media News correspondents and co-hosts of The Group Chat podcast, Zara King and Richard Chambers. 

“The enthusiasm from listeners and the broader community has been overwhelming,” said PodPod editor Adam Shepherd. “We are gearing up for a night that celebrates the best in Irish podcasting, and with Zara and Richard leading the way, it promises to be an event to remember!”

Due to a surge in ticket demand following the announcement of the shortlist last month, the ceremony has been moved to a larger venue to accommodate more attendees, and will now be taking place at Dublin’s Morrison Hotel on 21 November. All previously purchased tickets will remain valid for the new venue.

The complete shortlist includes shows nominated across genre-based, specialist, and individual categories, with a mix of shows from established production companies like Headstuff, as well as independent shows like The Blindboy Podcast, This Paranormal Life, The Cinemile, Talking Derry Girls, and more. 

Tickets are still available to purchase through the Irish Podcast Awards website and range in price depending on the company or individual’s turnover, from €125 plus VAT for turnovers under €100,000, to €255 plus VAT for over €250,000.

The Irish Podcast Awards is a sister event to the British Podcast Awards, which took place last month and the Australian Podcast Awards which is also taking place on 21 November this year.

For more information, visit the Irish Podcast Awards website.