Media Voices are delighted to reveal the winners of the inaugural Publisher Podcast Awards, following the ceremony last night at Proud Cabaret City, 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 their first one.
From an exceptionally strong shortlist, our judges marked the podcasts on a range of factors, including production quality, continuity, how well the podcast reflected the publisher’s brand, and growth strategy.
We've spoken to the 2020 winners about what goes into making an award-winning podcast for a mini-series of episodes. Search 'Media Voices' on your podcast app of choice, or listen here on our website.
BEST B2B PODCAST
Winner: Digiday Podcast – Digiday Media
BEST BRAND PUBLISHER PODCAST
Winner: Bestseller – Reedsy
BEST BRANDED PODCAST
Winner: Healthy For Men Podumentary Series – The River Group / Holland & Barrett
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST
Winner: The Pilot TV Podcast – Bauer Media
BEST HEALTH & WELLBEING PODCAST
Winner: In The Moment Magazine – Immediate Media
BEST LIFESTYLE PODCAST
Winner: olive magazine podcast – Immediate Media
BEST LOCAL & COMMUNITY PODCAST
Winner: 16 Shots – WBEZ Chicago, Chicago Tribune
BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS PODCAST
Winner: The Week Unwrapped – The Week, Dennis Publishing
BEST SCIENCE & MEDICAL PODCAST
Winner: Nature Podcast – Springer Nature
BEST SPECIALIST PODCAST
Winner: History Extra – BBC History Magazine, Immediate Media
BEST SPORT PODCAST
Winner: The Spin – The Guardian
BEST TECHNOLOGY PODCAST
Winner: Crazy/Genius – The Atlantic
PUBLISHER PODCAST OF THE YEAR 2020
120+ entries, 77 shortlisted podcasts and 12 category winners...but this is the ultimate acolade. The Media Voices team have chosen an overall winner from the 12 category winners to take home the ‘Publisher Podcast Of The Year 2020’ prize.
This was exceptionally difficult due to the high standard of entries. We looked for a podcast which was a strong reflection of the publisher’s brand, had exceptionally high production, a strong growth strategy, and a commercial plan which would see the podcast add real value for the business.
But that’s not all. We wanted to find a podcast which really entertained us, made us feel part of the club, and which left us waiting impatiently for the next episode.
The winning podcast will get a fantastic promotional prize, kindly facilitated by our headline sponsors DAX, the digital ad exchange from Global.
Winner: Crazy/Genius – The Atlantic
PUBLISHER PODCAST HERO OF THE YEAR 2020
To secure podcasting as a successful part of a publisher’s strategy, there are often key people within the business driving best practice, seeking inspiration, and looking for new opportunities with the format.
This special award, chosen this year by the Media Voices team, celebrates an individual within the industry who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate the value of podcasting to their organisation.
We looked for someone who has been vocal both inside and outside the industry about their podcasts, who is eager to make the technology and production processes beneficial to a publisher’s workflow, and who is a true inspiration to anyone looking to launch their first or their next podcast.
Winner: Christopher Phin, Head of Podcasts, DC Thomson
‘Publisher Podcast Hero Of The Year’ will be open to nominations next year.
Congratulations to all the winning podcasts, and to all those on the shortlist. Entries for the Publisher Podcast Awards 2021 will open this coming September. Publishers interested in entering can subscribe to updates below.