Writing and politics do they meet? Both are an art, the art of expression and the art to direct. While the writings defend rights, politics work to achieve them. The writer and politician complement each other. In 1976 in Lebanon, the stakes were high, with a country at war and uncontrolled economic situation. George Skaff, journalist, writer and minister at the time, has succeeded. At the head of three ministries and Télé Liban at a critical time in the history of Lebanon, his career has been marked by stages, links in a chain which succeed with an impressive logic. How George Skaff was able to invest these stages? What was his true vocation? Retrospective on a long and rich career crowned with success in this encounter with Prestige.
The restaurant of the Chtaura Park Hotel was transformed into Parliament, the time of the handover ceremony between the presidents Sleiman Franjieh and Elias Sarkis. The president Elias Sarkis swearing, with on his side, the president of the parliament Kamel el Assaad. In the first row, the vice-chairman of the Council Camille Chamoun and ministers Amir Majid Arslane, Adel Osseirane and George Skaff.
You were close to President Sleiman Franjieh. What memory would you like to evoke? Much more than a memory, I would like to point nobility of soul of a president during the handover ceremony. That day, he told me that he would hand the functions to his successor without signing decrees that would create compromising future problems. At 11:50 p.m., he told the audience: “At midnight, I could finally sleep with a clear conscience.” Indeed, despite all the suggestions made to persuade him to sign some decrees of last minute, the president kept his promise.
You chaired from 1990 to 1993, the local television station Tele Liban. Can you talk about that? During the election of President Elias Haraoui after the Taif agreement, the road to Baabda was inaccessible. The minister of Information at that time, Edmond Rizk, appointed six personalities from the public and six from the private sector to form the TéléLiban board. He chose me with Fouad Obeid and Bassem el Sabeh. We lived on the first floor of the Carlton Hotel and Tallet el Khayat television had no employees and devoid of antennas. I referred to five presidents of advertising agencies, including Antoine Choueiri, Abu Assi Yasmine and Nasser Qandil. With each bid, a check of the same amount was due. But as the offers were not satisfactory, I called three times for better proposals. Of the five bidders, there remained only three. And of $ 50,000 originally proposed, I raised the amount to $ 450,000. Thus we were able to order the equipment and bring back safely, employees at their place of work. Unfortunately the TV was targeted again by shells and was burned. To ensure continuity of work, we hired a local in Ivory center from which we released the official launch of the takeover of Tele Liban celebrated at Al Bustan.
Which period of your life has been more pleasant, the richest, the most fertile? I believe that each period had agreeable and rich times. I have never accepted or performed work as a chore. As a journalist, I have managed to give several roles to play, meet several movements and achieve good results.