Like TV viewers elsewhere, Asia's TV watchers have shown a tendency to become militant when confronted with the loss of a favourite programme. Subscribers of the Astro direct-to-home satellite TV service in Malaysia left angry messages with the company when MGM Gold was removed from its schedules, even though the channel was scrapped because the joint-venture partners could not agree on a way to keep it on air. Taiwanese viewers regularly bombard government consumer organisations when warring TV channel distributors pull popular channels from rival companies' cable TV operations. But when NBC Asia disappeared from the airwaves in favour of the National Geographic Channel this year, there were few protests about the loss of programming. Well, not quite. American expatriates living in the region and Asians with experience of living in the US quietly mourned the loss of talk shows hosted by Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. Clearly these silent protests have done the trick because, from this weekend, CNBC will be airing both the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Saturday and Sunday evenings as part of the business channel's lighter weekend schedule. However, Hong Kong-based fans of the shows should not get too excited since they will not be seeing either for some time. While CNBC is carried by Cable TV during the week, the programming schedule reverts to the National Geographic Channel at the weekend. As Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal (Hactl) managing director Anthony Charter was being grilled this week about the imbroglio surrounding the opening of the new airport in July, work was continuing at pace to repair its tarnished image. Soundbites' mole within Chek Lap Kok tells us that Hactl now has not one, but two public relations firms advising it on how to spruce up its profile. Rowland, which was the agency advising Hactl for the opening, has been augmented by Anne Forrest International. It seems that while Rowland will continue to liaise with the media, Forrest will seek to repair Hactl's relations with its investors and customers. But judging from the mauling Mr Charter received in the inquiry on Monday, when it was revealed that the Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen considered suing Hactl for delays in building the cargo terminal, it seems both Rowland and Forrest will both have plenty to keep them busy. If these two PR companies do need more business, they may wish to contact TVB. Soundbites received a press release about TVB's overseas arm, TVB International, which has started a Cantonese-language service, Jade Satellite Channel, for the 400,000-strong Chinese community in Australia. The release arrived last week, it was dated September 4 and the channel launched on August 13. Go figure, as they say.