2015 will mark the beginning of a new chapter for the Mercury Prize. The awards show will be returning to the BBC after a three-year stint on Channel 4, and they aim to "place greater emphasis on multi-platform content". The BBC will be broadcasting both the shortlist and winner announcements in addition to showcasing each nominee for Album of the Year with a series of studio sessions.

The list of this year's nominees will be unveiled on Friday, 16 October on Radio 6 Music. It will be hosted by Lauren Laverne, who said in a press release “I have a long history with the Mercury Prize and couldn’t be happier to be involved with it in 2015 as it returns to the BBC as a part of BBC Music. It’s a fantastic celebration of Britain’s vibrant, diverse music scene.” The 2015 award will be the Prize's 25th anniversary which Dan Ford, the Prize's Managing Director, stressed in a statement noting that "it is increasingly important that we work with broadcast partners and music organisations that share our passion for the award’s values in order to help us achieve the broadest possible reach and profile.”

This year's winner will be announced on both Radio Four and Radio 6 Music on 20 October.