Nine (General) signs new columnists

Nine Com Au has signed five new columnists, including musician Amy Sheppard and journalist Antonia Kidman, as the website celebrates a unique audience total of 9.7 million in November, its biggest ever*.

Amy Sheppard, body positive campaigner and lead singer of Australian band Sheppard, joins’s lifestyle arm 9Honey to write a monthly column on body image, self-love and the realities of social media. She is the musician who inspired the body positivity movement Kiss My Fat Ass.

Journalist Antonia Kidman also joins 9Honey as she returns home to Australia after 10 years of living in Singapore. The author and former lifestyle presenter will write a regular column on life as a mother of six, changing careers, and the daily juggle.

Media personality and author Sami Lukis also joins the lineup to write a monthly column about relationships and dating in the modern world.

UK correspondent Katie Nicholl will contribute her expertise on the royal family, further cementing 9Honey as the place for royal news in Australia. Nicholl is an author and broadcaster who regularly features on Nine’s Today Show as well as Good Morning Britain, Entertainment Tonight and the BBC.

“It’s been a big year for and all our verticals. With the addition of these incredibly talented women, we’ve got our eye firmly on 2020 and how we can bring new and rich content to our readers,” said Nine Digital Editorial Director, Kerri Elstub.

The new columnists will join Australia’s leading women’s lifestyle network alongside existing contributors including royal columnist Victoria Arbiter, relationship expert John Aiken and media personality Shelly Horton.

In addition, The Block 2019 favourite Deb Saunders will join the wider family as a fortnightly columnist, filing for The Block website which will become a year-round DIY and design offering. Saunders will write and film stories on interior design, home makeovers and style.

  • Source: Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Monthly Tagged, November 2019, Current Events and Global News Sub Category, Text, People 2+, Census. Note: Digital Content Ratings measures participating publishers only