Bono has been invited to write a column for the New York Times.

Billboard reports that a New York Times spokesperson said: "We have asked Bono to write an occasional column for the paper next year, covering a range of subjects, but are still finalising the details."

The trade daily says it is likely that Bono will work on the column while touring with U2 next year.

The band's new album will be released in early 2009.