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Meet Dianne Oxberry
Popular BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry is the new face of Inside Out North West.
Dianne, presenter on the 6.30pm BBC North West Tonight (NWT) programme, will front the Inside Out series when it returns on Monday, September 2.
Dianne said: “I am not your typical news presenter sitting behind a desk, I am more your nosy neighbour!
"I want to know what is going on and because I have been working on TV in the North West for so long, people feel comfortable telling me their stories.
“As a North Easterner by birth, I have chosen to make the North West my home so really care about what happens on my - and your - door step.”
Series editor Deborah Van Bishop said she was delighted that Dianne would be joining the team.
She said: “Dianne is well loved in the region by the North West’s radio listeners as well as TV viewers and I know she’ll bring a great deal to Inside Out.”
The new series of Inside Out includes features on the Blitz in Liverpool, the origins of the Western vegetarianism movement in Manchester, Cheshire’s surprising link with Rastafarians and the crisis hitting a worldwide horse charity in Blackpool.
Dianne, who lives in Sale, said: “My favourite part of the job is getting out to meet the people of the North West.
"Because I have been working for NWT for so long now I know that everyone I meet has a story, but it's when those personal stories become ones we can all connect with - that affect us and our communities - that’s when they really start to chime with people.
“The Inside Out team have such strong roots in the region so they really get to the heart of what’s important to us in the North West, but they are also brilliant at finding the surprising stories that make us sit up and want to learn more.”
From weather to current affairs
After studying Meteorology at the Met Office College in Berkshire, Dianne became BBC North West’s first on-screen weather presenter in 1995.
Previously, she was a familiar voice to Radio 1 listeners, getting her first radio job as an ‘afternoon girl’ on the hugely popular Steve Wright Show.
As listeners warmed to Dianne’s easy-going style, she was asked to bring a cheery start to the day for the nine million listeners of Simon Mayo’s Breakfast Show, where she won a Silver Sony Award.
Dianne co-presented the children’s TV show The 8.15 from Manchester and moved from her native Washington in the North East to this region in 1993.
For BBC Radio Manchester she has presented the Lunchtime show, co-presented mid mornings and two years of News on Breakfast alongside Eamonn O’Neal.
She has presented North West Tonight alongside Gordon Burns, Roger Johnson and Tony Livesey, has worked for BBC Sport and has presented live concerts with the BBC Philharmonic.
Away from work she is always outdoors with her family and three dogs and is often out riding on her horse.