WaPo media columnist and CNN host Howard Kurtz is leaving WaPo to join Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast. He’ll be the Washington Bureau Chief. He will continue to host CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Our friends at TVNewser have the details

> Update: A statement and press release from The Daily Beast’s Brown….here. “He combines integrity and rigorous reporting,” she says.

> Update: “Huge blow for WaPo,” said CNN’s Ed Henry on Twitter.

> Update: “Not many media stories surprise me, but this one’s a jaw-dropper,” said TBD.com’s President Jim Brady on Twitter.

> From a D.C. reporter: “But will Kurtz have to fight with Lloyd Grove over who writes the site’s b—j– profiles?”