In a staff announcement sent out yesterday, Richard Stengel, TIME‘s Managing Editor, lauds TIME.com editor Steve Koepp, noting that under Koepp the site “doubled its unique users and increased the time spent per user by more than 50%.” A few sentences later, Stengel announces that Koepp has been asked to come back to the magazine and that Josh Tyrangiel is being named the new editor of TIME.com. Tyrangiel will also be an assistant managing editor at TIME, and he’s charged with “taking TIME.com to still greater heights.”
So if Koepp did so well, why the switch-up?
Well, Tyrangiel has been TIME‘s music critic for five years, and is a “high-energy journalist who brings tremendous intelligence to his coverage of the arts and culture.” And before TIME? Tyrangiel worked at Vibe, Rolling Stone and MTV.
So, you know, he must be cooler.