‘Heart­break’ over Dianne’s death


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Kevin Clark [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

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.

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