09:05 Fairfax/NZME merger declined

Apps for Stuff and the NZ Herald open on two smartphones

Apps for Stuff and the NZ Herald Photo: William Ray / RNZ

Nine to Noon media commentator, former editor of the New Zealand Herald, Gavin Ellis discusses the Commerce Commission's decision to decline the proposed merger of the country's two biggest media companies.   

John Craven

09:20 Getting people with autism into work

Kathryn Ryan talks to John Craven, the Chair of Specialisterne in Australia who's part of a global effort to find one million jobs around the world for people with autism by the year 2025. He's hoping four thousand of those jobs will come from New Zealand and is in the country to talk to local NGOs, employers and politicians about boosting the number of autistic people in New Zealand's workforce. Kathryn also speaks to Altogether Autism's national manager Catherine Trezona who's co-ordinating his visit to NZ.

09:45 Australia correspondent Peter Munro

A surprise $2.2 billion for schools in the Australian budget, Malcolm Turnbull's first face to face meeting with Donald Trump and the rancour at the heart of the Australian Olympic Committee which could cost it's chair his job.

10:05 Treasure hunt began in space, but will it find gold ?

Professional treasure hunter Darrell Miklos talks to Kathryn Ryan about searching for long-lost shipwrecks using a map that his friend put together in space! NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper was a space pioneer, setting a record that still holds today for the longest solo space flight in US history. In the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was sent on a secret mission for the US Department of Defense to search for nuclear sites. While he was scouring the globe he discovered something else: shipwrecks. It was to be a secret he would keep for over 40 years. Cooper's Treasure begins on Thursday 4th May at 9.30pm on the Discovery Channel.

10:35 Book review

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music with Graeme Downes

Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago, looks at The Doors, 50 years on.

11:20 Off the Track Training from the Outback

Kathryn Ryan chats to the outback Australian farmer whose health and fitness programmes are an online hit.

For the last eight years Joy McClymont has run a virtual personal training business from her remote sheep and cattle station in central west Queensland.

Off the track training - helps people, particularly those living in isolated areas to improve their fitness, via video, webinars, tele-seminars, and online sessions.

11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

This week, scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about artificial wombs, fit fathers and how Tibetan people have adapted to high altitudes.