Today, Wednesday 1st December, a new independent Irish Podcast Awards (IPAs) is announced.
The IPAs will celebrate the rich diversity of Irish podcasting from kitchen podcasters to radio broadcasters and from non-profits to large publishers. The purpose of the Awards is to drive awareness of brilliant Irish podcasts and help the sector grow and prosper.
The IPAs will be open to all podcasters – big and small – across Ireland and Northern Ireland and will be judged by over 50 audio practitioners.
The Irish Podcast Awards will open for entries on 11th April 2022, and culminate in an Awards ceremony in September held in Dublin. As well as a whole host of categories adjudicated by the judges, there will be a special Listeners’ Choice Award voted for by the general public.
The Irish radio sector has made such a splash in podcasting, it’s the right time to reflect their work – as well as all the amazing content from new creators too. We’re excited to be involved and help spread the word about fantastic Irish podcasts.Roy Martin, Managing Editor of Radio Today Ireland
Ireland’s podcast consumption has always been among the highest in the world according to data we’ve reported, and the quality of shows have always been impressive. I’m delighted to see a new podcast awards for the country to recognise its creators.James Cridland, Editor of the podcast newsletter Podnews
The Irish podcast sector has seen enormous growth in the past few years with brilliant shows from established operators like RTE and Bauer, companies doing audio for the first time like The Independent and the Irish Times and a whole host of amazing talent like Blindboy, Doireann Garrihy, Niall Breslin, Charleen Murphy and Ellie Kelly. It’s time these Irish shows, and more, were recognised.
Now is the perfect time for all of the Irish podcast community to come together, celebrate their successes and grow their audience. We’re focused on creating a truly independent awards that can reflect the breadth of Irish talent.Irish Podcast Awards Organiser Matt Hill
News of the awards is already causing excitement; Angela Scanlon, host of Thanks A Million and currently to be seen on RTÉ One’s Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything will be lending her ears to the judging process, with more names to be announced.
Angela Scanlon says: “There are so many incredible Irish podcasts from so many exceptional people so I’m beyond delighted to see the Irish Podcast Awards are coming in 2022! I can’t wait to wrap my lugs around every one of them!!”
There will be more information to share in the new year and podcasters can sign up to be the first to hear about it through the mailing list.