January 10, 2009

Bono to write New York Times column

Irish singer Bono, front man for the rock group U2, says he is going to write an occasional opinion column for The New York Times.

The 48-year-old rocker said he was honored to write for the U.S. newspaper, but warned his writing and punctuation skills have never been a strong suit, the BBC reported Saturday. He also will provide a podcast to complement his written work.

Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal credited the singer for his international humanitarian efforts, calling him an extraordinary man who thinks deeply about his art and the major issues confronting the world.

Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, has campaigned during his musical career for improved African trade relations with the international community and has opposed the debt accrued by some of the world's poorest countries.

PerezHilton.com said Bono's column, which is to premiere Sunday, will cover a variety of topics. Whether the U2 star is being paid for his journalistic efforts was not reported.