‘Heartbreak’ over Dianne’s death
TRIBUTES PAID TO SUNDERLAND-BORN PRESENTER
Tributes have been paid to Sunderland-born TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry, who has died aged just 51.
Dianne originally joined the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2, but began her broadcasting career alongside Steve Wright on Radio 1, before joining Simon Mayo’s breakfast show team.
She moved to North West Tonight in 1994, where she worked until her death.
She was the main weather presenter on the programme and also fronted regional current affairs show Inside Out North West.
Dianne, who lived in Greater Manchester, died at Manchester’s Christie Hospital yesterday, the BBC said.
Her husband, Ian Hindle – who she married at Washington’s Holy Trinity Church – said: “Dianne was an amazing 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.”
Mr Hindle, a camera operator, added: “She will leave a massive void in our lives but, because of the remarkable person she was, she will forever live on in our hearts.
“The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine.”
Dianne Oxberry joined North West Tonight after studying at the Met Office College.
She also presented a number of programmes on BBC Radio Manchester, including the Breakfast Show.
Roger Johnson, a presenter on North West Tonight, said: “We are heartbroken by Dianne’s death.
“It is almost impossible to comprehend. Dianne was North West Tonight.
“It’s hard to imagine the programme without her.
“Our thoughts are with Ian and all of Dianne’s family. We hope they will find some comfort in the knowledge so many people loved Dianne and will miss her terribly.”
Prof Brian Cox was among those paying tribute today on Twitter.
“Very sad to hear Diane Oxberry has died,” he wrote.
“Anyone who has lived in the North West over the last 20 years or so will know what a superb broadcaster she was.”
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield Tweeted: “I’ve just heard of the sudden death of Dianne Oxberry.
“She was such a wonderful, kind, funny and talented woman. All my love to her family, friends and colleagues.”
Dianne Oxberry was a TV and radio presenter.