BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51 after short illness

Tributes paid to BBC Presenter Dianne Oxberry who's died after a short illness

BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

Dianne Oxberry, BBC TV and radio presenter, has died at the age of 51 following a short illness.

Mrs Oxberry became a national name on BBC Radio 1 and went on to become the north west's weather presenter in 1994, as well as fronting the Inside Out north west current affairs programme.

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 worked alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright on Radio 1 before moving to North West Tonight in 1994, where she worked until her death. She later moved to breakfast, joining Simon Mayo and newsreader Rod McKenzie.

The mother of two young children, who had been suffering from cancer, died at Christie Hospital in Manchester on Thursday.

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. "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this very bad time".

"It has been announced the former radio broadcaster and television broadcaster Dianne Oxberry has died". It is nearly impossible to comprehend. I was privileged enough to work with her on @BBCNWT and she was as loved and admired in the office as she was by the viewers.

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

One of BBC's longest-serving weather presenters has died suddenly after a short illness. My heart breaks for her family. For more than two decades, she was a key part of one of the most watched regional news programmes in the country.

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". It's hard to imagine the programme without her.

A BBC spokesperson said that it had come as a "huge shock to everyone at the BBC in the North West".

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

"Whenever you were on location everyone would tell you how much they enjoyed watching Dianne". I've known her for 17 years, and she was full of warmth, full of humour, and full of energy as well. "We hope they will find some comfort in the knowledge so many people loved Dianne and will miss her terribly". "My honest condolences to all the team and, of course, to Dianne's family".

Helen Thomas, Director of BBC England, said: "Dianne had a remarkable career".

This morning presenter Phillip Schofield‏ Tweeted: "I've just heard of the sudden death of Dianne Oxberry. Thinking of her family, colleagues and friends".

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