The Irish Independent among the big winners at inaugural Irish Podcast Awards

Podcasts produced for the Irish Independent received nominations in five categories, and claimed prizes in four.

The hugely popular Big Tech Show with Adrian Weckler won gold in the Best Business category.

It’s flagship current affairs podcast, The Indo Daily was nominated in two primary categories: Best Current Affairs and Best Daily offering. The presenting team of Siobhán Maguire, Denise Calnan, Fionnán Sheahan and Kevin Doyle bring the news to life with a fresh podcast every weekday. It won a silver award for Best Daily, while the show’s three episode special ‘Tainted Gold: The Michelle Smith Story’ won bronze for Best Documentary.

Tainted Gold‘ delves into the unprecedented medals haul by the Irish swimmer. It centres around the controversy that followed Smith’s performance at the 1996 Olympic Games, and features contributions from Paul Kimmage, Vincent Hogan, Paul Howard, Eamon Dunphy and swimmers Alison Wagner and Marianne Limpert. It was produced by Ciaran Lennon and Shane Brennan.

Meanwhile, Real Health, with Karl Henry, won silver in the Best Well Being category.

The Irish Independent’s audio team is led by Mary Carroll, along with John Smith, Tabitha Monahan, Garrett Mulhall and Gavin Hennessy.

Sunday World Investigation Editor Nicola Tallant’s The Witness; In His Own Words was the big winner of the evening taking home three awards, including Podcast of the Year.

Editor-in-chief of Mediahuis Ireland Cormac Bourke, said the night was “brilliant recognition for our audio team”.

“Over the past year the team has worked incredibly hard to develop the podcast offering on Independent.ie.

“People want the news where it suits them and podcasts are now a key part of our strategy for the future. Just this week The Indo Daily, which focuses on one story every day for 20 minutes, has surpassed two million downloads.

“Adrian Weckler’s Big Tech Show and Karl Henry’s Real Health podcast are now staples on Independent.ie and it will be no surprise to regular listeners that they did so well at the awards.”