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.