Pacific Century CyberWorks' multimedia and television flagship Network of the World (NOW) has laid off at least five staff in Hong Kong, less than a week after it said some staff in its London headquarters were to go. But sources said they did not expect any more staff cuts in Hong Kong. A spokesman for CyberWorks confirmed the lay-offs. 'Last week we announced a consolidation and integration of the NOW project in London . . . the Hong Kong staff cuts are part of the same package of consolidation we announced then,' the spokesman said. However, she declined to put a number on the staff being retrenched in Hong Kong, nor would she give a number for NOW's pre-consolidation staffing levels in Hong Kong. 'Even in London we are not exactly sure about the number of staff affected,' she said. A report in the London-based Financial Times last week said 20 of NOW's 30 London staff were to go. However NOW also had about 400 staff in London on a contract basis through partner Transworld International (TWI). The Hong Kong staff laid off are believed to be support staff of the English-language multimedia content production outfit, including public relations and marketing specialists. CyberWorks has been scaling back investment in NOW since last autumn after the multimedia channel met with a chilly response following its launch. The channel was carried for a short time last summer as a test in Hong Kong on the i-Cable system. However, it was dropped after the expiration of the test agreement.