HBO series The Newsroom has been greenlit for a third season, the show's star Jeff Daniels has revealed.

Daniels, who plays news anchor Will McAvoy, tweeted the news, writing: "It's official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3."

The Aaron Sorkin-penned series began its second season on Sky Atlantic last Monday night.

The hold-up in the confirmation of the third series was due to Sorkin's commitments to completing the script for the upcoming Steve Jobs film.

Daniels has been nominated in the leading actor category in this year's Emmys.

He told The Hollywood Reporter of the nomination: “There’s a ‘we absolutely love you’ and ‘we absolutely hate you’ to The Newsroom, and this is a stamp of approval that says we’re not going anywhere. And all of us want to be doing this for years.”