The Financial Times, Immediate Media and The Telegraph were some of the big winners at this year’s Media Voices Publisher Podcast Awards, held recently at the Proud Cabaret City in London.
The awards are a celebration of the podcasting success of publishers and media organisations, whether they’ve been in the podcasting space a while, or have just launched. After receiving 200 entries, an exceptionally strong shortlist of 120 podcasts were judged on a range of factors, including production quality, how well the podcast reflected the publisher’s brand and strategies to grow the audience.
The Financial Times won three awards: Best Investigative Podcast for Hot Money, a series turning the spotlight on the porn industry, which also scooped Publisher Podcast of the Year, and Best Family & Lifestyle Podcast for Money Clinic with Clear Barrett.
The prize for Best Limited Series went to The Telegraph’s Bed of Lies podcast for its series Blood, dealing with the infected blood scandal, while Immediate Media scooped the awards for Best Food & Drink Podcast (BBC Good Food Podcast) and Best Hobbies & Special Interest Podcast (History Extra).
“It was another tough year for the judges of the Publisher Podcast Awards,” said Media Voices co-founder Esther Kezia Thorpe. “With entries now having flawless sound quality and excellent execution as standard, it’s becoming more and more difficult to choose winners – something we saw in the very close sets of marks for each category.
“The winner’s list and shortlist are a great place to start for anyone looking for inspiration for their own podcasting strategy, or even their next favourite listen. Whether you want a deep-dive investigation into the business of porn or to hear the latest updates on the Ukraine conflict, there really is something for everyone. We were really pleased to see the range of publications going home with awards this year – a testament to the outstanding work of small and large teams alike.”
To see the full list of winners, visit the Publisher Podcast Awards website.