Talal el-Makdessi, chairman of the board of Lebanon's official television station Tele-Liban, left, and Information Minister Walid Daouk speak during a ceremony in Beirut, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The director of the once-ailing Tele-Liban launched Thursday a revamped broadcast studio and a lineup of new programming, stressing that while efforts to resuscitate the national station had begun, the road to its full-fledged revival would be long.Makdessi said the renovations to two studios – a newsroom and another studio equipped for other programs – depended entirely on Lebanese professionals. Lighting in both spaces was conceived by a 24-year-old Tele-Liban employee, Makdessi said, who worked for 16 hours a day in a two-week timeframe to implement his design. While its current programming consists mostly of re-runs, Makdessi said a host of new programs, ranging from educational, cultural and social, are also scheduled to be introduced in the coming months.Makdessi thanked the Finance Ministry for bestowing the station with the entirety of its 2011 budget in the last two months.The budget allocated to Tele-Liban in 2011 was LL13 billion.
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