SBS and Fairfax share the final shortlist for best documentary podcast in Cast Away, the first national podcast awards to be announced this Saturday (eds: April 1).

The SBS entry is Series Three of `True Stories’, a five-part investigation into gay-hate murders in Adelaide.

Fairfax’s The Age assembled a 13-strong team, including award-winning investigative reporters, for `Phoebe’s Fall,’ a six-part series on the death of a young Melbourne woman in a garbage chute of a luxury high-rise apartment. Leading legal, forensic and police experts cast doubt over a coroner’s finding that her death was a “tragic accident”.

Over 200 entries were received in the 10 categories of podcasts for the awards, to be announced at a ceremony at the Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney.

One of the judges, Jarrod Pickford, said, “We were really delighted with both the standard and number of entries, which show Australian podcasting is punching above its weight. This is especially true when large media organisations put so much time and effort into making podcasts to bring dramatic and at times heart-rending stories to the public in such an easily-accessed way.”

Pickford, founder of Podmatcher, a new marketplace for podcasters, said the success of the awards means that podcasts will now grow into a vital and permanent part of the national media.

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