In a sudden move Thursday morning, The New York Times announced that Bill Keller, its executive editor, is stepping down from the post he’s held since 2003 to become a full-time writer at the paper. Keller, who as of Sept. 6 becomes a contributor to the Times Magazineand the soon-to-be revamped Sunday news and commentary section, will be replaced by Jill Abramson, the Times’ managing editor since 2003. paidContent: Dean Baquet has been named managing editor. NY Post: While Abramson has filled varied roles as a reporter and editor, critics point to her lack of foreign news experience — once considered vital to being considered for the paper’s top spot. Daily Beast: There is only one surprise in the news that Abramson will succeed Keller as executive editor of The New York Times. And that’s the timing. FishbowlNY: Abramson is going to have a tough job ahead of her, but if her past is any indication, she’s the right pick to guide the paper into the digital future. HuffPost: When publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. recently told Abramson that he wanted her to be the next executive editor of The New York Times, the veteran journalist quickly accepted. “I said it would be the honor of my life,” she recalled. Nieman Journalism Lab: We can only guess what Abramson’s promotion will mean for the Times’ digital strategy, but to the extent that she’s carved out an outward-facing identity on the subject, it’s been notably pro-Web. Adweek: Fitting for her new position, Abramson, who now lives in Tribeca, is a real New Yorker, born and bred. FishbowlNY: The official statement is that Keller stepped down, and Sulzberger accepted his resignation “with mixed emotions.” But is there more to it than that? Esquire/ The Politics Blog: Keller: “There’s a lot of stuff they don’t teach you in the mythical editors’ school. They don’t teach you that you’re going to have to spend a lot of your life in crisis management. It’s been a fair amount of that — every kind of crisis you can imagine, starting with a crisis of morale and credibility that I inherited, then going through one motherfucker of a recession.” Forbes/ Mixed Media: Keller: “I wanted to go while I was still having fun, before it became boring or frustrating. There’ve been moments when it was boring or frustrating, and moments when it was infuriating, but mostly it’s been fun and still is. And I wanted to go when I felt confident that there was a good bench of people to step up and lead the place, which there clearly is.” AdAge/ MediaWorks: Abramson: “It was somewhat surprising, but not completely surprising, is that although we felt we had integrated our newsroom, there was still basically something that everyone here called the Web newsroom. The more I submerged into the Web newsroom, I was some combination of surprised or worried that Bill and I were not really invested enough in the direction and news rhythm of our digital news report.” Poynter: Lisa Belkin, author of the Times’ parenting blog, The Motherlode, marveled that the news did not leak out. Poynter: After hearing that Abramson was named editor of The New York Times, columnist Gail Collins couldn’t help but think about how much has changed since the early 1970s, when female journalists were still widely discriminated against at the Times.