Sun TV News launch gets new handler

Luc Lavoie takes on project from Kory Teneycke after criticism

TORONTO -- Fox News North likes the political spin-meisters.

Canadian broadcaster Quebecor Media on Wednesday said Kory Teneycke, a former chief spokesman for prime minister Stephen Harper, will no longer stick-handle the launch of Sun TV News, a proposed right-wing all-news channel for Canadians.

That job will now go to Luc Lavoie, a former communications chief for former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and right-hand man to Quebecor Media president and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau.

"We would like to thank Kory for the excellent work he has performed for our company, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," Peladeau said in a short statement.

Teneycke in recent weeks became a lightening rod for criticism that he and prime minister Harper lunched in New York City with News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Fox News president Roger Ailes.

Montreal-based Quebecor is awaiting regulatory approval to launch a Canadian version of Murdoch's Fox News channel from Jan. 1, 2011 to compete with existing local news channels run by the CTV and CBC networks.

The CRTC, Canada's broadcast regulator, will hear Sun TV News' application for a broadcast license at hearings set to start November 19.
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