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Dianne Oxberry

Dianne Oxberry
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Oxberry at the 2010 RHS Tatton Park Show
Born
Dianne Clare Oxberry

(1967-08-13)13 August 1967
Died10 January 2019(2019-01-10) (aged 51)
Manchester, England
Cause of deathovarian cancer
NationalityBritish
OccupationBroadcaster
Years active1985-2018
EmployerBBC
BBC North West
TelevisionBBC North West
Ian Hindle (1993-2019; her death)
Children2

Diane Clare Oxberry (13 August 1967 – 10 January 2019) was an English broadcaster and meteorologist, best known as a long-serving TV and radio presenter for BBC North West.

She presented weather forecasts for the regional news programme North West Tonight for 23 years until her death in 2019.

Early life

Oxberry was born on 13 August 1967[1][2] in Sunderland, County Durham,[3] to Francis Joseph Oxberry (1935-1983)[4] and Margaret R. Dent.

Career

Oxberry originally joined the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2, having previously auditioned for a presenting role on the youth music series No Limits for BBC2. She began her broadcasting career on BBC Radio 1, working alongside Steve Wright and later, becoming part of Simon Mayo's on-air team for the weekday breakfast programme. In 1991, she became a presenter for the second series of the Saturday morning children's TV programme, The 8:15 from Manchester, where she met her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle.

After studying meteorology[3] at the Met Office College in Berkshire, Oxberry joined BBC North West in 1995 as its first dedicated weather presenter.[5] Alongside her forecasting work, she also co-presented the weekday breakfast programme on BBC Radio Manchester (alongside Eamonn O'Neal) and worked as a relief newsreader and presenter for North West Tonight. In later years, she fronted the peak-time regional current affairs programme Inside Out North West.

Oxberry made her last appearance on North West Tonight in mid-December 2018.[6] Her last report for Inside Out was aired posthumously as part of a tribute programme on 21 January 2019.

Personal life

Oxberry was married to Ian Hindle. The couple had two children[3] and lived in Sale, Greater Manchester.[7]

Death

Oxberry died at the Christie Hospital, Manchester, on 10 January 2019, aged 51, shortly after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.[8][3] Her death was announced publicly the following day.

Oxberry's funeral took place on 7 February 2019 at St Mary Magdalene's church in Sale.[9][10] A memorial service was held at Manchester Cathedral three weeks later - Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham described Oxberry as "a true friend of the north west of England".[11]

Ian Hindle, Oxberry's widower, later set up a charity to help patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer.[12] By April, the fund had raised more than £52,000 online.

References

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Oxberry, Dianne (13 August 2017). "I am sure I know my own bierhday". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51". BBC News. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "BBC - North West Tonight - History - This was the news". BBC Online. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ Correspondent, Matthew Moore, Media (11 January 2019). "BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies". Retrieved 2019 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  7. ^ "BBC radio and TV presenters pay tribute to Dianne Oxberry". Manchester Evening News. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Dianne Oxberry dead aged 51: TV colleagues 'heartbroken' as North West Tonight presenter dies in The Christie". Manchester Evening News. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Funeral held for BBC presenter". 7 February 2019. Retrieved 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ Wilkinson, Damon (7 February 2019). "Close friends and family pay their respects to Dianne Oxberry at private funeral". men. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Dianne Oxberry memorial: Manchester Cathedral packed, bbc.co.uk, 28 February 2019
  12. ^ Chris Slater (29 January 2019). "Dianne Oxberry's husband reveals she died of ovarian cancer as he sets up charity in her name". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2019.

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