Back for a second year, the shortlist for the 2023 Irish Podcast Awards has been released.
This year’s ceremony recognising the best of podcasting on the Irish landscape will take place at House Dublin on 21 November. Among the big hitters this year are The Blindboy Podcast, Talking Derry Girls, My Therapist Ghosted Me and more.
The open category, the Listeners Choice Award, also returns with Talking Bollox likely among the favourites having scooped the gold at last year’s event. Voting closed in this category in mid-October, the top 5 looking like this.
Supported by Global and Acast, PodPod will play hosts for Haymarket Media Group which acquired the Irish Podcast Awards in 2022 alongside the British Podcast Awards. Submissions opened in the spring of this year, running up to 11 July. The cost per entry ranged from €45-€175 for the initial entry, depending on turnover, with €100 per additional entry afterwards. Judging this year took place over the first two weeks of August.
This year’s judging panel included RTÉ’s Amanda Fennelly, Brian Young (Head of Digital Product, News Broadcasting), Oli Walters (Head of Podcast Sales International, Global), Denzil Lacey (SiruisXM), Jennifer Dollard (Acast), Patric Haughey (AudioBrand) and Sharon Casey Ledwidge (OMD Ireland). Best Network/Publisher will be a two-horse race this year between GoLoud and Headstuff though the likes of the BBC, Newstalk, RTÉ, BEAT and The Irish Sun as media outlets are also represented in different categories.
The night is an all-ticket affair and if you’re planning on attending, tickets will cost you €125-€255 plus VAT, depending on your company/individual turnover.
Check out the full shortlist below.
Best Arts & Culture Podcast
Best Business Podcast
Best Climate Podcast
Best Comedy Podcast
Best Documentary Podcast
Best Entertainment Podcast
Best Factual Podcast
Best Family Podcast
Best Fiction Podcast
Best History Podcast
Best News & Current Affairs Podcast
Best Sex & Relationships Podcast
Best Sport Podcast
Best True Crime Podcast
Best Wellbeing Podcast
Best Daily Podcast
Best Network or Publisher
Best New Podcast
Best Branded Podcast
Best Commercial Strategy
- To be announced at the awards ceremony
Best Podcast in The Irish Language
The Rising Star Award
- Bobby Aherne
- Cathal Quinlan
- Céire O’Donoghue
- Olivia Hunt
- Sarah McGinn
- Stephen Ryan
Four other awards will be announced on the night as well as part of the Editors’ Choice Awards including the overall Podcast Champion, Specialist Award, Spotlight Award and The Listeners’ Choice.
Find more details at IrishPodcastAwards.ie