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Tributes paid to North East born broadcaster who has died

Dianne Oxbery was born in Sunderland in 1967 Credit: BBC

Tributes have been paid to a broadcaster from the North East who has died.

Dianne Oxberry was 51-years-old.

She was born in Sunderland in 1967 and worked in regional news and weather for the BBC.

Her husband Ian Hindle described her as an "amazing wife and mother".

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.

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.”

– Ian Hindle, Dianne’s husband
Credit: BBC

Before her days in BBC news and weather she enjoyed seven years working at BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 1 alongside Steve Wright and Simon Mayo.

Dianne has been nominated for Best Regional Presenter at the Royal Television Society Awards and she has worked as a reporter for BBC Sport covering the Great North Run and the Manchester 10k.

Dianne had a remarkable career. For more than two decades, she was a key part of one of the most watched regional news programmes in the country.

Prior to that, she’d had a successful stint working on air at Radio 1.

She was a brilliant weather presenter, showed she could do serious journalism with Inside Out and could do the lighter end of broadcasting brilliantly whenever it was needed.

Above all she was a lovely woman whose sudden and shocking death has robbed the BBC of one of our brightest stars. I’m thinking of all her family and friends at this awful time.”

– Helen Thomas, Director of BBC England