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Why Foster Kamer Is Leaving Esquire

Foster Kamer, formerly of Gawker and The Village Voice and BlackBook is leaving after just four months at Esquire for a gig at the New York Observer.

Why’s that?

Well, Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers came calling.

As Kamer writes on his own blog:

“Spiers is someone I told very early on in my career I would follow into war, and the day her new position was announced, I couldn’t get anything done. I was slackjawed. Like a lot of people. And seeing the way people at the Observer have rallied since she arrived is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a place like that, and I’m not alone.”

Kamer will be covering Wall Street, a topic he admits he knows “dick” about. “This will either be a terrible fiasco or a terribly awesome fiasco,” he added, “but either way, I intend on having a lot of fun.”

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If You Write For A B5Media Blog, Better Start Looking For A New Gig

It sounds as if the bloodbath at B5media isn’t yet over: Elizabeth Spiers, who was brought on by b5media to restructure the entertainment network into Crushable.com, hanging the old entertainment bloggers out to dry in the meantime, has announced that she’s hiring for three other sites.

It’s not a sure thing that these other sites, which Spiers says will be completely rehauled: “tearing them down and starting over—redesigning them, restructuring editorially and adding lots of new original content” are with B5, but the pieces all fit. Again, “tearing down and starting over…restructuring editorially.”

So if you’re with B5 now, start looking for a new thing.

On the bright side, it looks like if you’re not affiliated with B5 currently, there are a few gigs for you opening up. (Sigh.)

By the way, B5 execs, we would love to publish your side of the story, too, but if you keep saying that your comments are off the record or giving us a “no comment” then we’re stuck, aren’t we?