Dianne Oxberry’s cause of death confirmed by husband

BBC radio and television presenter Dianne Oxberry died after a very short battle with ovarian cancer, her husband Ian Hindle has confirmed.

Ian has launched a Just Giving page to raise funds to kick start a charity in Dianne’s name.

“The money raised will be used to help families and individuals who have, or are suffering from, this aggressive disease,” Ian says. “The aim is also to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and its after-effects, particularly where families have suffered sudden loss…which can often be the case with this appalling disease.”

Former BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter Dianne fell ill over Christmas and died on January 10th, leaving behind her husband and two young children.

Writing on the Just Giving page, Ian writes: “Dianne died in early January after a very short battle with ovarian cancer. The tragic impact was felt not only by her family and friends, but also by the wider public whose lives she touched across more than 20 years’ TV and radio presenting.”

In the early 90s, Dianne was a household name across the UK for her role on the Radio 1 breakfast show alongside Simon Mayo and also as a presenter on the summer 1991 series of Saturday morning kids TV show ‘The 8.15 From Manchester’ on BBC One.

She had started at the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2, before a move to Radio 1 where her first on-air role was on Steve Wright In The Afternoon. She later moved to breakfast, joining Simon Mayo and newsreader Rod McKenzie.

The move to Manchester for TV work saw Dianne meet her future husband, a BBC cameraman. She then re-trained as a Met Office forecaster and moved into regional broadcasting as a weather presenter with BBC North West across television and radio outlets from 1995.

She went on to also present the lunchtime show on BBC Radio Manchester in 2002 before a move to breakfast where she co-hosted with Eamonn O’Neal.