Kurson's 'Observer' meant to appeal to 'Staten Island first responders, second-generation NYers in Forest Hills'
Kurson said he wants it to feel less exclusive and elite, according to our sources.(4)
New 'Observer' editor Ken Kurson is a media veteran with family ties and, possibly, an abstemious hand
The move is the latest development in a saga that has been closely watched within New York media circles since the spring of 2009, when The Observer's longtime editor-in-chief, Peter Kaplan, left the paper after 15 years at the helm.(1)
The New York Observer's masthead is continuing to take shape under the paper's latest editor, Aaron Gell.
Jared Kushner, the real estate scion who has owned the paper since 2006, informed the staff last night that he had hired Mike Albanese for the role. Albanese was the publisher of Spin for six years, until its recent acquisition by BuzzMedia.
A few bylines will soon be disappearing from The New York Observer's masthead.
The latest newsroom departure is Foster Kamer, who is leaving the weekly for a job at Complex, the urban-infused lifestyle magazine and website geared toward young males with a predilection for sneakers and hip-hop culture.(4)
Gell explained that part of what pushed Spiers and Barnes out the door was a disagreement over resources: They wanted to run a much larger enterprise with a bigger budget than Kushner was willing to commit to at this time.
Spiers started early in 2011, and in the year and a half since has overseen a significant reinvestment in the business, including the launches of GalleristNY and BetaBeat, blogs covering the art scene and the local tech scene, respectively.(1)