12 February 2005 --
Ismail Serageldin appeared on national television as a special guest of the widely popular TV show El Beit Beitak. The hour long interview aired on Channel 2 of Egypts TV. During the interview, Serageldin expressed optimism as to the performance of the newly appointed government, and answered to questions about the issue of economic reform in Egypt. He also talked about the Bibliotheca Alexandrina being a multifaceted institution, not only a bastion for the intellectual elite but more also a means of access to a wealth of cultural production for members of the international community at large. Serageldin made special mention of the work done by the BA to help set up a website of the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Several questions were taken from call-in viewers. The interview was reportedly very well received.