BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51 after short illness

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2019

She died at the Christie Hospital in Manchester following a short illness, her family confirmed.

The mother of two young children, she worked alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright on Radio 1 before moving to North West Tonight in 1994.

In an emotional radio interview, Mr Johnson recalled when comedian Peter Kay invaded one of Mrs Oxberry's weather forecasts by hugging her and telling her: "God love Dianne Oxberry - you made the sun shine for everybody!"

Her husband Ian Hindle paid tribute to his wife: "Dianne was an unbelievable wife and mother who embraced life to the full".

'She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her but also to the people who watched and welcomed her into their homes each night as if she were part of their family too.

Oxberry's husband, Ian Hindle, said she was an "amazing..." It's nearly impossible to comprehend.

Aziz Rashid, head of BBC North West, said in a statement that the entire staff is "devastated by this awful news".

"I am not your typical news presenter sitting behind a desk", she wrote in her bio on the program's web page.

"Our thoughts are with Ian and all of Dianne's family".

He said: "What a special person Dianne Oxberry was".

She then re-trained as a Met Office forecaster and moved into regional broadcasting as a weather presenter with BBC North West across television and radio outlets from 1995. I can scarcely believe Dianne has died.

Sunderland-born Oxberry joined North West Tonight in 1994 after a stint on Radio 1 as Simon Mayo's sidekick and quickly became a favourite for regional viewers. "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this very bad time".

"Di was so talented, so handsome, so amusing and so full of life". Viewers recognised her star quality and warmed to her Wearside lilt.

"It's hit us like a ton of bricks, it really has".

Co-host Nicky Campbell told him afterwards: "You did her proud Si".

Prof Brian Cox was among those paying tribute today on Twitter: "Very sad to hear Diane Oxberry has died", he wrote.

"She was a brilliant weather presenter, showed she could do serious journalism with Inside Out and could do the lighter end of broadcasting brilliantly whenever it was needed. I saw for myself the incredible reaction she got from the public, which showed how much people cared for her". She was a wonderful, joyous part of our breakfast team at Radio 1.

He added: "She kept it real".

One of the BBC's longest-serving weather forecasters died suddenly this week after a battle with cancer, according to a new report.

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. "Thinking of her family, colleagues and friends".

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