Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to Jessiebuttercup)
Thanks for visiting Apple Support Communities.
You may need to check the auto-download settings on the Podcasts app:
Using Auto Download
Auto Download allows you to automatically download new podcast episodes as they become available while the Podcasts app is running. After subscribing to a podcast, navigate to your Podcast Library. Tap the podcast to bring up the podcast details, and then tap Settings > Auto-Downloads.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 12:52 AM (in response to jeremy_v)
thanks for the reply, however Auto-Downloads are turned off, as are subscriptions, so there is no reason for the phone to download it's own selection of podcasts. Also, the ones downloaded aren't the newest episodes, just random ones. Very strange.