According to The Guardian newsite, the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee has ruled that comments about religion made by Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman were "offensive" and lacked "clear editorial purpose".

The comments were made during an interview with outspoken atheist Professor Richard Dawkins, who is promoting his latest book, The Magic of Reality

According to the report, while the committee has rejected accusations of anti-Christian bias, it has ruled that Paxman overstepped the mark with comments about "religious hogwash" and "stupid people who believe in the Old Testament".

In making this finding, the committee added that it regretted any offence caused by the remarks.

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