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. ”
Devastated to hear about the death of Dianne Oxberry. For so many years, a huge part of the drive show on @bbcmerseyside A brilliant broadcaster, warm and friendly, with an infectious personality and a great sense of humour. My thoughts are with her family & friends. RIP Diane x
— Paul Salt (@paulsaltysalt) 11 January 2019
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.”
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) 11 January 2019
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.”
I've just been listening back to a show Di and I did for @BBCRadioManc last year playing our favourite songs. It has put a smile on my face after what has been a rather awful morning. She just did that, so warm and lovely. Fabulous taste in music too!#DianneOxberry pic.twitter.com/beKqz6DEfw
— Simon King (@SimonOKing) 11 January 2019
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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