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WORLD : King Can’t Afford Satellite TV

From Times Wire Services

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 today.

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 the authorities feel that a dish would spoil the appearance of the building.

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

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