D.C. sports media news alert: longtime Post staffer Tarik El-Bashir is leaving the paper and joining Comcast SportsNet to help cover the Redskins. Tarik, I should note, is a pretty good friend of mine, in addition to being a terrible golfer, but this also seems like the sort of news that might interest readers.

The Post memo noted that Tarik has been with the paper since 1999, starting as a high school writer (where we covered prep baseball together). He started covering the Caps in 2005, Alex Ovechkin’s rookie season, and also was the Georgetown basketball beat writer the past two years. He’s covered auto racing on and off for years, and started writing On Hockey columns in recent seasons, which is going to be particularly tough to replace.

Comcast SportsNet, meantime, sent out a release saying that Tarik “will lead coverage of the Washington Redskins across Comcast SportsNet’s digital media platforms, which are highlighted by CSNwashington.com, and serve as a contributor for the network’s news and entertainment programs.”

“Tarik has demonstrated significant abilities and knowledge as a reporter and writer in more than a decade covering sports in this market,” CSN Vice President of Digital Media Mark Lapidus said in the release. “Adding someone of his experience and skill level to our digital media coverage of the Redskins, and to our network, is another example of why Comcast SportsNet is the region’s leading multi-platform sports media organization.”

Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will continue to contribute to the network’s Redskins coverage, that release said.