Sweden’s King Can’t Afford Cable
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.″