Best of local UK podcasts make shortlist at annual awards

Behind Local News
Behind Local News UK
3 min readMar 11


Local journalists are among dozens of podcasting stars to be shortlisted at the annual Publisher Podcast Awards.

Andrew Musgrove, who produces and presents ChronicleLive’s Black and White podcast about Newcastle United, flies the flag for local journalism in the Publisher Podcast Hero Award, against nominees from across publishing in the UK and beyond.

The citation posted for Andrew said: “Without Andrew, this podcast would not have the output it does. He leads the operation from top to bottom — and makes sure that the podcast is put out there to the maximum audience possible.

“This has led to huge numbers with 2023 producing several record months of downloads. His passion for Newcastle United and podcasts has resulted in a brand that forms a major part of our coverage of the team.”

Regional publisher Reach has three of the four nominations in the Best Local and Community Podcast category. Commonwealth Stories, which covered the cultural and political aspects of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year is shortlisted, as is BirminghamLive podcast stablemate Brummie Mummies, a parenting podcast run by journalist Zoe Chamberlain.

The Northern Agenda, Reach’s Northern politics and issues brand which works with titles across the region, is shortlisted for its weekly podcast too.

Completing the line-up for the local podcast category is the Testimony podcast. The series which looked at the ‘body on Seaham Beach’, produced by the Sunderland Echo, is shortlisted. It also features in the best investigative podcast category too.

In the best B2B category, Energy Voice Out Loud, produced by DC Thomson in Scotland is shortlisted, and we should also mention the shortlisted entry for, which does so much to look to what the future hold for journalism.

In the Best Family and Lifestyle category, Brummie Mummies is shortlisted, as is National World’s Reset Room, which explores life, performance and pressure, is also shortlisted.

In the Best Food and Drink category, Scran from the Scotsman is shortlisted.

Commonwealth Stories features again in the Best Limited Series podcast category, with How To Be An Independent Country: Scotland’s Choices from the Scotsman also featuring.

In the Best News Podcast category, Uncovered from National World is among the shortlisted entires. Uncovered features reporters from National World exploring the issues behind the headlines they are reporting on.

The Northern Agenda has a second nomination in the Political Podcast category, as does How to be an Independent Country from The Scotsman, one of two from the Edinburgh-based title to make the cut in this category.

The other is The Steamie, a podcast which looks at political life north of the border every week.

And finally, in sport, ChronicleLive’s Everything is Black and White podcast is shortlisted.

The awards will be held in London on April 23, at Proud Cabaret City in London.

Details can be found here.