UPDATE with more information, below, including message from Times critic Mike Hale.
James Poniewozik will succeed Alessandra Stanley as chief television critic, New York Times reporter Michael Paulson just Tweeted:
Poniewozick, who’s been at the magazine since 1999, quickly followed with his own Tweet, saying, “In seriousness, excited to be joining the NY Times in September as their TV critic,” Poniewozik said on Twitter. “And will miss everyone at Time, which has been my home.”
“Hiring Jim Poniewozik is a real coup for The Times, and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Mike Hale, the Times‘ acute number two TV critic, told Deadline in an email. Stanley recently moved to a new Times team that will cover wealth and society, leaving the post she’d held smartly, though not without controversy, for years.
Poniewozik has been a prolific contributor of essays, reviews and cover stories at Time, including the regular “Tuned In” blog. Recently he wrote a novelette-length and quite entertaining multipart tribute to Mad Men on the occasion of the series’ final episode last spring. He begins at the Times on September 6.