Nine to Noon on Tuesday 8 July 2008

9:05 National's broadcast policy

National has released its broadcasting policy, with significant implications for TVNZ, New Zealand On Air and contestable funding. Nine to Noon talks to some key players in the New Zealand broadcasting environment, including Brent Impey, Chief Executive, Mediaworks which owns TVNZ's main free to air rival, TV3 and C4; Bill Ralston, former head of News and Current Affairs, TVNZ; and John Barnett, CEO South Pacific Pictures, the largest on air production house in New Zealand.

9:30 Turning communities around

Constable Mason Lepou, community constable in the Hamilton suburb of Enderley, and Jim Wetere, Enderley Community Centre manager

9:45 US correspondent Jack Hitt

10:05 The Simple Life

Abbott Christopher Jamison is a Benedictine Monk at Worth Abbey in West Sussex. He and 22 other monks follow the teachings of St Benedict - written 1500 years ago, which emphasise the importance of silence and contemplation.

All was silent and contemplative until the BBC approached the monastry about taking part in a reality series. The resulting show, The Monastry, was a huge hit. It followed five very different men as they lived a monastic life for 40 days and 40 nights. Millions tuned in to watch, and Abbot Christopher Jamison, followed up the series with a book called Finding Sancutary which was a top seller.

10:30 Book Review: Amis & Son: Two Literary Generations by Neil Powell

Reviewed by John King
Published by Macmillan, ISBN 978 140 505 4621

10:45 Book reading: Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

11:30 Australian paramedic and film-maker

Benjamin Gilmour's film Son of a Lion tells the story of a sensitive Pakistani boy who wants to go to school rather than follow his fundamentalist father into the gun-making business. Son of a Lion plays at the Wellington Film Festival - Soundings Theatre - Te Papa, Friday 18 July 3:30pm and Saturday 19 July at 1:30pm.

11:45 Media commentator Denis Welch