BBC NI weatherman's shock as presenter dies aged 51
BBC NI weatherman Geoff Maskell has paid tribute to fellow presenter Dianne Oxberry, who died aged 51 following a short illness.
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.
"Please tell the people you love that you love them, because life is short and very precious," the BBC Northern Ireland weatherman wrote on Twitter.
"I am shocked by this news and heartbroken for Dianne's family."
Oxberry was the main weather presenter on the programme and also fronted regional current affairs show Inside Out North West.
Today please tell the people you love that you love them, because life is short and very precious. I am so shocked by this news and heartbroken for Dianne’s family. https://t.co/bRYvi6EtWA— Geoff Maskell (@geoff_maskell) January 11, 2019
Thank you all for your kind words about our wonderful colleague Dianne. Here's some of our favourite moments ❤ pic.twitter.com/fYGveghgFc— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) January 11, 2019
Oxberry, who lived in Greater Manchester, died at Manchester’s Christie Hospital on Thursday, the BBC said.
Oxberry’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, 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.”
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.”