BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

Dianne Oxberry, according to the BBC, has died aged 51.

In the early 90s, she was a household name across the United Kingdom for her role on the Radio 1 breakfast show alongside Simon Mayo and also as a presenter on the summer 1991 series of Saturday morning kids TV show "The 8.15 From Manchester" on BBC One.

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.

She died at the Christie hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning.

Dianne, 51, had been the North West Tonight's weather presenter for 24 years and was a much loved figure on television.

She joined BBC North West Tonight after studying at the Met Office College and has also presented a number of programmes on BBC Radio Manchester including the Breakfast Show. I loved working with her. It's nearly impossible to comprehend. "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", added Aziz Rashid, head of BBC North West.

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

One of the BBC's longest-serving weather presenters has died suddenly after a short illness.

After her time at Radio 1 in London, Sunderland-born Oxberry returned north to Greater Manchester in 1993 with her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle.

"What a special person Dianne Oxberry was". My heart breaks for her family.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham tweeted: "What a bad shock and what a loss to the North West".

"I can't tell you the impact she made in talking to other people and supporting them in their own personal journeys", she said.

Both of her colleagues have since spoken out about her death, with Annabel saying: "This is an enormous shock for all of us".

She was also famously adored by comedian Peter Kay, who once crawled on his hands and knees to get close to her as she gave a forecast on live TV.

'Di was so talented, so lovely, so amusing and so full of life.

Woman's Hour host Garvey wrote: "Dianne was a formidable voice for women at the BBC, a fantastically supportive colleague". I've known her for 17 years, and she was full of warmth, full of humour, and full of energy as well. "My honest condolences to all the team and, of course, to Dianne's family".

Helen Thomas, director of BBC England, said Oxberry had a "remarkable career" and added: "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. Thinking of her family, colleagues and friends".

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