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North West Tonight names successor to ‘adored’ Dianne Oxberry

Evans NWT

Owain Wyn Evans has succeeded the late Dianne Oxberry as permanent weather presenter on BBC North West Tonight.

Oxberry, who died of ovarian cancer in January at the age of 51, was the region’s first full-time weather presenter and held the role for 25 years.

North West Tonight presenter Roger Johnson said: “Dianne was adored by the North West Tonight viewers and we all still miss her.

“In the months since she died several excellent weather presenters, including Owain, have helped us. We’ve had a positive reaction from many viewers and we are sure they will make him welcome.”

Evans, who starts his new role at 6.30pm tonight, has presented on BBC Look North across Yorkshire since 2015. In the last few months, he has occasionally presented the weather on North West Tonight.

He said: “It’s going to be a real honour to present the weather every evening on BBC North West Tonight. I’ve presented quite a few programmes already, and Annabel and Roger are absolute darlings – I’m very excited to be part of such a well-loved programme! After working in Wales, London and Yorkshire I can’t wait to start working in the North West permanently.

“I grew up in a small, ex-mining town called Ammanford in South-West Wales. An area surrounded by both gorgeous countryside and industrial cities, very similar to parts of the North West in that respect.”  

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