BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 11, 2019

Dianne Oxberry, who presented the weather on BBC North West Tonight for 24 years, died on Thursday in the Christie, Manchester's cancer hospital, at the age of 51.

Dianne was the main weather presenter on North West Tonight and fronted Inside Out North West, the BBC's regional current affairs programme.

Born in Sunderland in 1967, Dianne worked at BBC Radio 1 alongside Steve Wright and Simon Mayo before moving north to present Saturday morning children's TV show The 8:15 From Manchester.

Oxberry became well-known nationally on Radio 1, working alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright. She later moved to breakfast, joining Simon Mayo and newsreader Rod McKenzie.

"We are heartbroken by Dianne's death".

"The coming days will be hard, but we will do our best to pay tribute to someone who meant so much to us all and made such an enormous contribution to broadcasting in the North West".

Tributes have been paid to the BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry following her death.

Her husband Ian Hindle confirmed the news to the BBC, telling them: "Dianne was an wonderful wife and mother who embraced life to the full". This very sad news has come as a huge shock to everyone at the BBC in the North West.

"I am not your typical news presenter sitting behind a desk", she wrote in her bio on the program's web page. On screen she was a star, radiating warmth and good humour. My heart breaks for her family.

Dianne Oxberry's weather presenter colleague paid an emotional tribute to the broadcaster live on air.

Burden said she got to know Oxberry in the last couple of years "as part of the BBC Women's Network and she was an incredible support and a great champion for her female colleagues here at the BBC".

Lemn's words struck a real chord online, with news organisations thanking him for posting the poem and hundreds of people liking and sharing the post.

Only a few months ago she took part in North West Tonight's "Plod for Pudsey", raising money for Children in Need by walking 20 miles a day down the North West coastline.

Her husband Ian says he and their children will miss her more than anyone can imagine.

"Our thoughts are with Dianne's family".

Campbell described Oxberry as a "wonderful person, sweet and warm woman".

Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz in Manchester-based soap Coronation Street, wrote on Twitter: "So sorry to hear this".

Apart from family and work, she loved spending time with animals, in particular her beloved horses. "Thinking of her family, colleagues and friends".

After returning to to the north-west in the 1990s she presented BBC Radio Manchester's lunchtime show and later the station's flagship breakfast show.

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