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UTV's Ken Reid reveals he's battling cancer

By Cate McCurry

Veteran broadcaster Ken Reid has revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The UTV political editor, who has been absent from our television screens for some weeks, was recently told he has leukaemia.

Ken, who has worked at the station for more than 25 years, said the illness was discovered "by accident".

The dad-of-three posted on Facebook last night: "Some of you have noticed my absence from the box.

"There is a reason.

"Some weeks ago, by accident, it was discovered I had a form of leukaemia.

"It was, of course, a shock. A period in hospital followed.

"It is treatable and I'm now undergoing tests to see the best way forward.

"The point of this post is to thank my family and friends for their support.

"Each and everyone of you has been magnificent and a source of great encouragement.

"Thank you. Some tough times ahead."

Politicians and fellow broadcasters wished him well in his recovery.

Ivan Little, who previously worked with Mr Reid at UTV, said: "I want to wish Ken a speedy recovery.

"Ken's absence from our television screens with his guide through various political crises has been very noticeable."

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: "I was aware that Ken was unwell and had sent him some words of encouragement recently assuring him that he is in our prayers. Ken's objective analysis and wealth of experience has been sorely missed at Stormont whilst he has been unwell.

"I wish him all the very best and hope that he'll be back posing those tough questions again soon."

Ulster Unionist Belfast City councillor Jim Rodgers wrote on Facebook: "Ken I had missed you on the box and sorry to hear this news.

"Will remember you in my thoughts and prayers.

"If I can be of any help to you please don't hesitate to contact me."

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone and former Justice Minister Claire Sugden were also among those wishing him well.

Ms Sugden said: "Very best wishes to you Ken. Thinking of you and stay strong."

West Tyrone SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said: "Best wishes and a full and healthy recovery to you Ken."

Former South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said: "Thinking of you. Keep strong. Look forward to seeing you back on the box giving your political analysis."

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