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Rachel Dean's Big Ask: UTV's Ken Reid on battling Leukaemia during the coronavirus crisis and his love of football


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Familiar face: Ken Reid still loves the cut and thrust of politics

Familiar face: Ken Reid still loves the cut and thrust of politics

Ken with wife Liz

Ken with wife Liz

Family time: Ken with his granddaughter Summer

Family time: Ken with his granddaughter Summer

Ken wearing the Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI badge

Ken wearing the Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI badge

Ken in the UTV studio

Ken in the UTV studio

Familiar face: Ken Reid still loves the cut and thrust of politics

In this week's interview Rachel Dean talks to UTV political editor Ken Reid (64) who has recently taken on the role of patron for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI. He lives in Ballymena with his wife Liz and they have three grown-up children, Gareth (37), Sarah (36) and Sophie (32) and one granddaughter, Summer, who is five months old.

Q. Tell us about your childhood.

A. When I was 19 months old, my father died in a plane crash in Manchester. His name was Cecil; he was the chief engineer in the Blue Funnel Line, which was a Liverpool-based company.