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Sweden’s King Can’t Afford Cable

January 10, 1991

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf wants to install satellite TV at his home to watch global news and entertainment programs but he can’t afford it, a newspaper reported Thursday.

The king and his family live at the 18th-century Drottningholm Castle, where they can watch only Sweden’s two non-commercial public TV channels.

Cultural authorities have denied the king permission to set up a satellite dish on the roof of the building to receive foreign telecasts. The suburban castle is a major tourist attraction, and authorites feel a dish would spoil the appearance of the building.

The Aftonbladet newspaper said the king could receive foreign programs by installing an underground cable, but that would cost about $175,000.

The king’s spokeswoman, Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg, told the newspaper such a cost was ″not realistic.″