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Peter Stirling-Benson has vacated the chief exec’s chair at Paramount-Sony-Universal feevee channel TV1, amid suggestions of differences of opinion with stakeholders over the future direction of the service.

Programming and acquisitions head Marie Jacobson is TV1 acting general manager, pending a management restructure that Daily Variety understands will result in Jacobson emerging with more creative control over the general entertainment service.

Jacobson, a former Comedy Central programmer, and studio reps declined to comment.

AXN, Sony’s Asian action and adventure channel, has inked a deal with Multi-Cable Network for distribution in Bangladesh, ahead of planned launches in India, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Japan in coming months.

Since bowing last September, AXN reach has hit 5 million homes in Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and China (hotels only).

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