"'The BBC’s lack of books coverage is “an absolute disgrace', according to Robert Harris, the best-selling author and chairman of the Costa Book Awards judging panel.
"Announcing Helen Macdonald’s memoir, H is for Hawk, as the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year, Harris used his speech to criticise the corporation.
"He pointed out that in the 1970s, when the book prize was launched, the BBC had two dedicated books programmes on its main channels. Now it has none.
"Harris challenged Lord Hall, the BBC director-general, to put books back in the schedule.
“'It is an absolute disgrace that the BBC, a publicly-funded organisation, shouldn’t do a bit more to help our books business,' he said, to cheers from an audience of authors and publishing industry figures.(One wonders what he would say about the CBC's book coverage)