BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51 after a short illness

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”. Video: Peter Kay hijacking Dianne Oxberry’s weather forecast She hashtagged the tweet BBC Women.Good Morning Britain’s Ross King tweeted: “So sad and shocked to hear of the  passing of Dianne Oxberry. A very talented and lovely lady. Thoughts with Ian  and the family. Fond memories of our days on The 8.15 From Manchester”.Colleague’s emotional on-air tributeDianne Oxberry’s weather presenter colleague paid an emotional tribute to the broadcaster live on air.Simon King told Radio 5 Live how the death of the North West Tonight meteorologist, aged 51 after suffering from cancer, had come as a shock.”It’s devastating, absolutely devastating. It’s been such a quick process, this whole thing,” he told the station’s breakfast show.”It’s hit us like a ton of bricks, it really has. “Presenter Rachel Burden asked him: “Are you OK to do the weather?””Yes,” he replied, his voice breaking, before saying: “So, excuse me,” and going on to regain his composure and present the forecast.Co-host Nicky Campbell told him afterwards: “You did her proud, Si.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I can’t tell you the impact she made in talking to other people and supporting them in their own personal journeys,” she said.”She was a really loyal and very generous colleague to people here.”Campbell described Oxberry as a “wonderful person, sweet and warm woman”.He added: “She kept it real. She was so genuine on the air. There was no affectation at all.”The best broadcasters, something we all aspire to, is to be exactly what you are on the screen and off the screen and on the radio and off the radio and she did that brilliantly.” I’ve just been listening back to a show Di and I did for @BBCRadioManc last year playing our favourite songs. It has put a smile on my face after what has been a rather awful morning. She just did that, so warm and lovely. Fabulous taste in music too!#DianneOxberry pic.twitter.com/beKqz6DEfw— Simon King (@SimonOKing) January 11, 2019 Sunderland-born 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.”Annabel Tiffin, also a presenter North West Tonight, said: “This is an enormous shock for all of us. I can scarcely believe Dianne has died. She was loved by our viewers, by all of us at North West Tonight. My heart breaks for her family.”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.”Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey paid tribute to Oxberry on Twitter, writing:  “Dianne was a formidable voice for women at the BBC, a fantastically supportive  colleague. Thank you for speaking up.” BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry has died aged 51 following a short illness, the broadcaster has said. 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 was the main weather presenter on the programme and also fronted regional current affairs show Inside Out North West.Oxberry, who lived in Greater Manchester, died on Thursday at Manchester’s Christie Hospital – one of the country’s leading cancer facilities.The journalist’s husband, Ian Hindle, 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 who worked on the same shows as her in their early career, 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.”In one of her more memorable TV moments, Peter Kay hijacked one of her weather briefings.

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