Who are second captains?
“Terrifyingly good” – The Slate
“Fast tracked to national-treasure status” – The Guardian
“Probably the world’s best football podcast.” – VICE
‘The Second Captains Podcast’ was launched in March 2013 by Ken Early, Simon Hick, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt and Ciarán Murphy. Focusing mainly on sport but also touching on comedy, politics and popular culture, it quickly became the most-popular pod in Ireland, winning the iTunes podcast of the year in 2014. In 2015, the podcast was chosen as one of the top ten British and Irish podcasts of all-time as part of iTunes Essentials list and in 2016 it was selected as one of The Guardian’s 50 best podcasts.
In 2017, the podcast expanded its online shows and launched ‘The Second Captains World Service’, a podcast feed available only to members. The independent, member-led, commercial-free platform is now one of the biggest podcasts in the world on Patreon.
Second Captains also produce radio, podcasts and television for the BBC and RTÉ. They produced 5 series of the IFTA nominated ‘Second Captains Live’ for RTÉ 2 television and their radio show ‘Second Captains Saturday’ has been a Summer favourite on RTÉ Radio 1 since 2015. The company also produced the groundbreaking investigate podcast series ‘Where Is George Gibney?’ for BBC Sounds. In 2021, Second Captains won a Banff World Media award, a Prix Europa award, three golds at the New York Festival Awards, the Justice media Award and a British Podcast Award for its work on the series. They are currently in production on a new BBC international podcast series for broadcast in September 2023 and will also perform a number of major live shows this year to mark a decade of Second Captains.
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