Winners are grinners at the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards

Podcasting in Australia has come a long way in recent years and the quality was on show at this year’s Australian Podcast Awards, held at the Spiegeltdent in Melbourne’s suburb of Collingwood.

Among the 250+ podcast enthusiasts at the event were BE Media Production’s Managing Director Nick Schildberger, Director of Audio Peter Letts and Head of Podcast Partnerships Chris Ashmore.

Hosted by Tim Reid, the awards recognised the best podcasts in Australia from 12 self-nominated categories alongside four other special prizes.

BE’s own Chris Ashmore was one of the 25 judges, who was impressed with the high standard of finalists.

“It was a difficult task to decide which podcast should win the ultimate prize in the categories I was asked to judge. I think overall the quality of podcasting is improving as producers and editors learn to understand what’s needed to create decent audio content,” Ashmore contends.

Australian Podcast Awards presenting trophy
BE Media Production’s Chris Ashmore with the  producers of Pomegranate Health, winners of Career & Industry podcast award

 

 

For those producers who might be wondering why they didn’t make it to the final stage, Ashmore offers his thoughts.

“Ultimately, for many podcasts, it comes down to two things: recording quality and production quality. If the guest’s sound levels are so low that you’re struggling to hear what they’re saying, then you’re unlikely to engage with the conversation. Likewise, if the questions are too long or the answers are superfluous, it detracts from the listening experience. Don’t make it boring – edit it down if it needs it. And it always needs it!”

The category winners of the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards:

STORYTELLING

Am I Funny

Hosted by Leon Sjogren, Produced by Leon Sjogren, Thomas Green & Sam Cavanagh

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Across the Aisle

Produced & hosted by Carla Donnelly & Philip Thiel

DOCUMENTARY STYLE

Trace

ABC, Host: Rachel Brown

BRANDED PODCAST

Hello Bump

For Westpac, Producer: Mamamia Podcast Network, Hosts: Bec Judd & Monique Bowley

NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS 

The Little Red Podcast

Hosts Louisa Lim & Graeme Smith

COMEDY

Childproof

Producer: Bad Producer Productions – by Tony Martin and Sarina Rowell

SPORT

By Association

Produced & Hosted by James Parkinson

BEST NEWCOMER

Dating Upside Down

Host & producer Alison Tinderland. Editor, Belinda Coombs

FAMILY & KIDS

The Beanies

Produced by Kinderling Radio, The Beanies are Miriam Rizvi, Laura Dawson & Michael Yore

LIFESTYLE & HEALTH

Ladies, We Need to Talk

Produced by ABC Audio Studios – Kellie Riordan, Claudine Ryan, Jess Bineth & Olivia Wills. Hosted by Yumi Stynes

BUSINESS & MARKETING

The Small Business Big Marketing Show

Produced & presented by Tim Reid

TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE

The Next Billion Seconds

Host Mark Pesce and producer Alex Mitchell, for PodcastOne

CAREER & INDUSTRY 

Pomegranate Health

Produced & hosted by Mic Cavazzini for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

HOST OF THE YEAR

Book Who’s Talking

Independent, Hosted by Fiona Newbold, Laura Newbold and Ben Cook, Produced by Josie Steele

POPULAR VOTE

The Weekly Planet

Planet Broadcasting Network, hosted by James Clement and Nick Mason

 

Karen Mason of Big Sis Pod
Karen Mason, host of Big Sis Pod (produced by BE Media Production), on the red carpet

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