On air tributes to BBC North West’s Dianne Oxberry

Dianne Oxberry’s weather presenter colleague paid an emotional tribute to the broadcaster live on air today.

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.”

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”.

“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.”

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