Joining Acast is the LiSTNR app of Southern Cross Ostrow, who joined as a gold partner and sponsor of the public voting category-Audience Choice Award.
Acast and LiSTNR have joined the list of podcast heavyweights supporting the 2021 APA, including Spotify, iHeartPodcast Network Australia, Nova Entertainment Podcast Network, Podfollow and Podnews.
APA also announced its 2021 jury, which includes a list of celebrities, industry veterans and enthusiasts, who will jointly determine the best podcasts in Australia in 2021.
News Corporation’s national entertainment editor Johnathan Moran has joined a series of media and entertainment heavyweights, including entertainment producer Cosima Toni, editor and podcast creator Melissa Mason, the entertainment director of the project, Kristy-Lee Lorraway, Pedestrian Group’s senior entertainment editor Matt Gallia and pop culture writer Patrick Renton.
The APA independent jury also brought together talents from leading podcast production companies in the country, including: ABC Radio, Acast, ARN / iHeartRadio, Mushroom Group, Nova Entertainment, Piccolo Podcasts, SBS, SCA, SoundCartel and Spotify.
Australian Podcast Awards Director Matt Deegan said:
“This year’s Australian Podcast Awards, backed by Acast, is becoming the best. The jury is indeed world-class, and what we see will definitely spark debate, conspiracy and even some laughter in the process. See Australian creations People who provide such amazing content, and they keep raising the bar every year, it’s really ecstatic.”
Guy Scott-Wilson, Acast Australia and New Zealand Content Director said:
“As a creator-first podcast company, Acast will always support and celebrate the independent podcast industry. In Australia and around the world, we power a thriving, profitable and sustainable open ecosystem that provides podcasts Freedom and tools to develop and develop valuable audience relationships while making money from their craftsmanship. It’s this kind of podcasting that allows us to collaborate with some of Australia’s most popular podcasts.”
“Our industry has always been on a growth track, and we firmly believe that it is the creators that drive this growth. The quality and breadth of Australian podcast content is the best in the world, so sponsoring the 2021 Australian Podcast Awards is our celebration of the talents of local creators And its great opportunity to contribute to the global podcasting community.”
Grant Tothill, General Manager of Digital Audio at Southern Cross Austereo, said:
“Podcasting in Australia continues to grow and is quickly becoming a part of people’s daily lives. The creativity of audio processing, concept and storytelling is improving every year. There are so many great creators and producers who have done a great job to be able to Make a difference by sponsoring the Australian Podcast Awards’ “Listener’s Choice”, “Best Documentary” and “Best Current Affairs” awards. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone at LiSTNR.”
The jury of industry experts will determine the nominees from the shortlist provided in the category. The winner of the category will then be announced at a virtual event in November.