After a star-studded event in 2020, the British Podcast Awards are returning for 2021 alongside a worldwide, 24-hour podcast conference – Podcast Day 24. The Awards, now in its fifth year, will be open for entries from Monday February 22nd until Monday 29th March.
New categories announced this year include Best Lockdown Podcast, Best Documentary Podcast and The International Award for overseas podcasts, suggested by the readers of the Great British Podcasts email newsletter.
Matt Hill, co-founder of the British Podcast Awards says: “Our 2020 British Podcast Awards were the most successful yet, with over 1,000 entries, 230,000 Listeners’ Choice votes, over 11,000 people tuning in to watch and more media coverage for our winners and nominees than ever before. And our 2021 plans are even bigger”.
Winners from the 2020 Awards included Brown Girls Do It Too from the BBC Asian Network, Shagged, Married, Annoyed, the Guardian’s Today in Focus, Tunnel 29 and The Guilty Feminist.
Podcasters can find information about all of the categories and how to enter at britishpodcastawards.com. The Ceremony will be held in July.
As part of the expansion for 2021, the British Podcast Awards has teamed up with Radiodays Europe to work together on the biggest European podcasting conference – Podcast Day. The event, newly rebranded Podcast Day 24, will be the first 24-hour online conference with speakers from Australia, Europe and North America. Delegates will be able to watch the event in real-time and catch-up on sessions afterwards.
Matt Deegan from the British Podcast Awards says: “Podcasting is an international medium and we know podcasters are inspired by great content from all around the world. We’ll have parts of the day anchored in Sydney, London and North America, allowing us to reflect the three local scenes as well as share knowledge from further afield”.
The event builds on the success of Radiodays Europe’s Podcast Day, which started in Copenhagen in 2017, before moving to London in 2019. In 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the event evolved into Podcast Day Online, and reached its largest number of delegates so far.
Peter Niegel CEO of Radiodays Europe says: “We’re excited to work with the Podcast Awards team to super-size Podcast Day and bring it to a larger audience, in different podcast markets around the world. Podcast Day always features the best speakers from the most interesting shows, platforms and companies and we’re looking forward to hosting even more great stories at the Podcast Day 24 event.”
Online tickets for Podcast Day 24 are priced at £99 +VAT, but are available at the reduced price of £75 +VAT until the end of February at podcastday24.com.