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Conservative pundit Kory Teneycke quits CBC

Kory Teneycke, director of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaks to reporters at the Conservative Paty national caucus retreat in in Levis, Que., on July 30, 2008.

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Kory Teneycke's stint at the CBC is over. It was short and not so sweet.

The former director of communications to Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted this afternoon that he has accepted a job as vice-president of development at Quebecor Media Inc. and "with regret resigned from CBC." Mr. Teneycke will also be responsible for the Sun media chain's Ottawa bureau, though it's unclear if he will play an editorial role.

He thanked the public broadcaster for a "short, fun ride."

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Ride indeed.

Since Mr. Teneycke joined the public broadcaster as a pundit, he has attracted much controversy, landing in some hot water over the so-called culture wars. He accused EKOS pollster Frank Graves, who is one of the CBC's pollsters, of being a Liberal partisan and demanded the pollster declare his bias.

NDP MP Charlie Angus complained to the CBC about its hiring of Mr. Teneycke, arguing that it was a " flagrant violation" of the broadcaster's hiring practices that state there is to be a two-year cooling-off period between a partisan's departure from his or her political party or pressure group and their employment by the broadcaster.

His complaint was dismissed by the CBC.

Mr. Teneycke was appointed the Prime Minister's communications director in July 2008 and resigned a year later. He appeared for a few months as a pundit on CTV before joining the CBC for occasional paid appearances.

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