BBC North West presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

Postado Janeiro 11, 2019

'The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine'.

Tall, blonde and with striking good looks, she was best known as a regular weather presenter on the nightly regional news programme North West Tonight, offsetting the gloomiest forecast with an unfailingly cheery disposition before striding from her weather map on her vertiginous heels to join the news presenters on the studio sofa for some farewell banter.

NI weatherman Geoff Maskell has paid tribute to fellow presenter Dianne Oxberry, who died aged 51 following a short illness.

"She was a really loyal and very generous colleague to people here". She also hosted Inside Out North West, and presented programmes on BBC Radio Manchester. I can scarcely believe Dianne has died.

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.

Matt emotionally began: "I certainly echo those thoughts - with her family and her friends".

She said: 'This is an enormous shock for all of us.

"Di was so talented, so handsome, so amusing and so full of life".

She also presented programmes on BBC Radio Manchester, including the Breakfast Show. 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.

Meanwhile Dan Walker, another BBC Breakfast presenter, lead tributes on Twitter as well.

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". I loved working with her.

Simon King told Radio 5 Live how her death had come as a shock. Viewers recognised her star quality and warmed to her Wearside lilt.

Dianne's BBC Radio Manchester and NWT colleague Steven Saul wrote: "I'm sorry to tell you that our lovely friend and colleague, Dianne Oxberry, died yesterday after a short illness".

Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt announced the news earlier on today, before paying tribute.

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". She was loved by our viewers, by all of us at the programme. "My honest condolences to all the team and, of course, to Dianne's family". "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this very bad time".