30 Rock star Alec Baldwin is set to present a prime-time chat show on MSNBC in which he will give his take on current affairs and culture.

The 55-year-old actor has been confirmed to host Up Late With Alec Baldwin, at 10pm on MSNBC in October.

In a statement MSNBC president Phil Griffin said: ''I've been talking with Alec for a while and can't wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC.

''He's got such passion for ideas and what's going on in the world - he's going to be a great addition to our line-up.''

Meanwhile, Baldwin added: ''After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I've developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field.

''I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.''