BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry dies after short illness
Former Radio 1 and BBC Radio Manchester presenter Dianne Oxberry has died aged 51, after recently being diagnosed with cancer.
News of Dianne’s death was announced by BBC North West, where she has been the main regional TV weather presenter for the past 23 years.
In the early 90s, she was a household name across the UK for her role on the Radio 1 breakfast show alongside Simon Mayo and also as a presenter on the summer 1991 series of Saturday morning kids TV show ‘The 8.15 From Manchester’ on BBC One.
She had started at the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2, before a move to Radio 1 where her first on-air role was on Steve Wright In The Afternoon. She later moved to breakfast, joining Simon Mayo and newsreader Rod McKenzie.
The move to Manchester for TV work saw Dianne meet her future husband, a BBC cameraman. She then re-trained as a Met Office forecaster and moved into regional broadcasting as a weather presenter with BBC North West across television and radio outlets from 1995. She went on to also present the lunchtime show on BBC Radio Manchester in 2002 before a move to breakfast where she co-hosted with Eamonn O’Neal.
We have some very sad news this morning, our colleague and friend Dianne Oxberry has died after a short illness.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends. https://t.co/Ujip1c1SOG pic.twitter.com/NjXTcDQZPK
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) January 11, 2019
So sad to say that my much loved colleague Dianne Oxberry died yesterday, after a short illness, at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. Everyone at @BBCNWT is heartbroken, but all our thoughts are with her family. Rest in peace x. pic.twitter.com/ptepwVIM7Q
— Roger Johnson (@RogerJ_01) January 11, 2019
I’m sorry to tell you that our lovely friend and colleague, Dianne Oxberry, died yesterday after a short illness. The kindest, caring, funny most obliging person you could meet. Just the same on screen as off. I learnt so much from her at @bbcradiomanc & @bbcnwt – thank you pic.twitter.com/OvyCy7vqP7
— Steve Saul (@StevenSaul) January 11, 2019