Belfast Telegraph

UTV veteran Ken Reid returns to work after cancer fight

By Gareth Cross

Viewers, politicians and fellow journalists paid tribute to UTV veteran Ken Reid as he returned to work yesterday.

The UTV political editor had missed the last 10 months of work after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Although his form of the illness can never be cured, Ken and his doctors are hopeful pioneering treatments will give him a normal life expectancy.

Last week he told The Belfast Telegraph's Ivan Little that he couldn't wait to return to work after a difficult period for himself and his family.

Ken took to Twitter on Sunday ahead of his return to work and was inundated with messages of support.

The response from across Northern Ireland reflect the high esteem in which the broadcaster is held.

Among those wishing him well were former Secretary of State James Brokenshire, comedian Tim McGarry, Alliance leader Naomi Long and Sunday Life columnist Liam Beckett.

He admitted it had been an emotional day.

"Today was emotional for me, back with all my mates at UTV," he wrote on Twitter.

"Wonderful people. Kindness from so many at Stormont. Thank you.

"To the viewers, your good wishes are so wonderful. Now that's the end of the sentimental tweets. At least for today."

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