BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry is dead at age 51 after a brief illness!

Dianne Oxberry was a highly talented and beautiful broadcaster on BBC. She used to present the weather updates on the BBC regional news programme North West Tonight. But Dianne is no more!
She died suddenly after a brief illness. Her colleagues, close friends, and relatives are in shock and sadness after the news of her death broke.

Dianne Oxberry and her sudden demise

Dianne who was the longest serving weather broadcaster was at the Christie Manchester’s cancer hospital when she died suddenly. She was 51. Her last on-air presentation was in mid-December. Her death came on 10 January 2019.

Source; Manchester Evening News (Dianne Oxberry)

The reaction of Dianne Oxberry ‘s colleagues

Dianne’ s colleagues came to know about her illness only in the new year. They were dejected and heartbroken on learning of her death. Her colleague Roger Johnson 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 [Dianne’s husband] 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.”

Roger’s co-presenter Annabel Tiffin said:

“Di was so talented, so beautiful, so funny and so full of life. On screen she was a star, radiating warmth and good humour. Off screen, she was a wonderful colleague, a loyal friend and I will miss her terribly.”

Source: The Mirror (Dianne Oxberry)

The Head of BBC North West, Aziz Rashid stated:

“For more than 20 years, viewers invited Dianne into their homes every night. She was a part of their lives. Just last November during our Plod for Pudsey challenge for Children in Need, Di was out meeting viewers around the region. I saw for myself the incredible reaction she got from the public, which showed how much people cared for her.”

The Director of BBC England Helen Thomas said:

“Dianne had a remarkable career. For more than two decades, she was a key part of one of the most watched regional news programmes in the country. Prior to that, she’d had a successful stint working on air at Radio 1.
“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.
“Above all she was a lovely woman whose sudden and shocking death has robbed the BBC of one of our brightest stars. I’m thinking of all her family and friends at this awful time.”

Dianne Oxberry and her life and family

Source: The Mirror (Ian Hindle)

Dianne has been with the BBC North West from 1994 and took this job after she worked for Radio 1 as Simon Mayo’s sidekick. She gained popularity quickly. Besides weather presentation, Dianne also hosted the current affairs program on BBC called Inside Out North West. She had shows on BBC Radio Manchester and also hosted The Breakfast Show.

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She was married to camera operator Ian Hindle and shares two children with him. Ian 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.
“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.”

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Source: Express UK, The Guardian