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Catalan TV strike keeps King Juan Carlos of Spain off screens - The Guardian. The Spanish king's traditional Christmas Eve address will not be aired on Catalonia's public television on Tuesday for the first time since monarchy was restored, highlighting growing separatist fervour in the wealthy north-eastern region. Workers at the broadcaster have called a half-hour strike to coincide with the king's speech. The official reason is to protest against cuts and the outsourcing of some…

Catalan TV strike keeps King Juan Carlos of Spain off screens - The Guardian. The Spanish king's traditional Christmas Eve address will not be aired on Catalonia's public television on Tuesday for the first time since monarchy was restored, highlighting growing separatist fervour in the wealthy north-eastern region. Workers at the broadcaster have called a half-hour strike to coincide with the king's speech. The official reason is to protest against cuts and the outsourcing of some…

Every year on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m., half of Sweden sits down in front of the television for a family viewing of the 1958 Walt Disney Presents Christmas special, "From All of Us to All of You." "Kalle Anka, for short, has been airing without commercial interruption at the same time on Sweden's main public-television channel, TV1, on Christmas Eve (when Swedes traditionally celebrate the holiday) since 1959.

Every year on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m., half of Sweden sits down in front of the television for a family viewing of the 1958 Walt Disney Presents Christmas special, "From All of Us to All of You." "Kalle Anka, for short, has been airing without commercial interruption at the same time on Sweden's main public-television channel, TV1, on Christmas Eve (when Swedes traditionally celebrate the holiday) since 1959.

Separatist spirit: Catalonia ditches Spanish King’s Christmas speech - RT. King Juan Carlos’ traditional Christmas speech was knocked off the air in Catalonia for the first time in 30 years. Catalonian public TV attributed the move to a strike and denied claims it was linked to the push for independence from Spain in the region. Catalonia’s public channel TV3 showed a regular news broadcast instead of the Spanish monarch’s Christmas Eve address.

Separatist spirit: Catalonia ditches Spanish King’s Christmas speech - RT. King Juan Carlos’ traditional Christmas speech was knocked off the air in Catalonia for the first time in 30 years. Catalonian public TV attributed the move to a strike and denied claims it was linked to the push for independence from Spain in the region. Catalonia’s public channel TV3 showed a regular news broadcast instead of the Spanish monarch’s Christmas Eve address.

Separatist spirit: Catalonia ditches Spanish King’s Christmas speech - RT. King Juan Carlos’ traditional Christmas speech was knocked off the air in Catalonia for the first time in 30 years. Catalonian public TV attributed the move to a strike and denied claims it was linked to the push for independence from Spain in the region. Catalonia’s public channel TV3 showed a regular news broadcast instead of the Spanish monarch’s Christmas Eve address.

Separatist spirit: Catalonia ditches Spanish King’s Christmas speech - RT. King Juan Carlos’ traditional Christmas speech was knocked off the air in Catalonia for the first time in 30 years. Catalonian public TV attributed the move to a strike and denied claims it was linked to the push for independence from Spain in the region. Catalonia’s public channel TV3 showed a regular news broadcast instead of the Spanish monarch’s Christmas Eve address.

The Cinnamon Bear, a 1937 radio series, that my kids have been listening to every year since preschool. It's free to download.

The Cinnamon Bear, a 1937 radio series, that my kids have been listening to every year since preschool. It's free to download.

After 1960, the introduction of colour to television screens favoured such choices as the silk canary-yellow dress of 1967, and the Queen pre-recorded her Christmas message instead of delivering it live. This decade of speeches focused on the need for the world to strive for peace and understanding. In 1969, she chose not to broadcast her message, but following public outcry, the tradition was reinstated in 1970.

After 1960, the introduction of colour to television screens favoured such choices as the silk canary-yellow dress of 1967, and the Queen pre-recorded her Christmas message instead of delivering it live. This decade of speeches focused on the need for the world to strive for peace and understanding. In 1969, she chose not to broadcast her message, but following public outcry, the tradition was reinstated in 1970.

Morecambe and Wise. I loved this classic British comedic duo. They were regularly on our public television station (WPBS) in Miami when I was growing up. This is their wonderful breakfast routine.

Morecambe and Wise. I loved this classic British comedic duo. They were regularly on our public television station (WPBS) in Miami when I was growing up. This is their wonderful breakfast routine.

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