Cable TV's chairman and mangaging director Stephen Ng Tin-hoi and Japan Entertainment TV (JET TV) senior vice-president Takaaki Nishiyama must have been well pleased to attract a room full of reporters and photographers earlier this week. The pair were holding a joint press conference in the Cyrano Lounge at the Island Shangri-La, 56 floors above the urban sprawl of Hong Kong, to mark the launch of JET TV on Cable TV. After speeches and the ceremonial hammering open of the sake barrel, the two executives asked for questions. Silence. The assembled media stared at the floor, each other and at the spectacular view, anywhere but directly ahead where the two men waited expectantly. Only when a JET TV staff member spoke in Japanese did the reason for the media's massed presence become clear - Puffy had arrived. For the uninitiated, which included the hoary old Soundbites correspondent, Puffy is a pair of Japanese female singers who appear to be marooned in a developmental stage somewhere between infancy, puberty and young adulthood. The duo, one with girlish pigtails and the other with a faux naif fringe framing eyes like an startled lemur's apparently are humungously popular among Japanese adolescents. Sadly we never learned very much about Puffy, thanks to a line of questioning that was less hardball than puffball. The opening query asked what the pair thought of Hong Kong while a piercing follow-up asked 'Excuse me, have either of you ever had short hair?' CNBC Asia Business News rattled out a press release yesterday informing readers of how engineers at their Singapore headquarters averted disaster when their transmission centre short-circuited when rainwater poured in. The deluge last Saturday morning blacked out the channel and cut off all telephone lines inside the production and transmission centre. The engineers worked throughout the weekend to repair the damage and restore CNBC's broadcasting capacity before transmissions returned to normal in the small hours of Monday morning. While CNBC president Paul France lavishly praised his engineers, we couldn't help but notice that in the immediate aftermath of the signal being knocked out on Saturday, transmissions were switched to CNBC's alternative transmission facility in Chai Wan. This is the same facility CNBC's joint owners are busily preparing to shut down in July, following the departure of the business channel and sister service NBC Asia to Singapore. Was a reprieve planned for Hong Kong in light of last weekend's events? No, said CNBC's director of communications, Georgette Tan: 'But we'll have to look for another alternative transmission facility.'