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Viewers delighted as UTV veteran Ken Reid returns to screens after illness

By Gareth Cross ·

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Ken Reid

Viewers, politicians and fellow journalists lined up to pay tribute to UTV veteran Ken Reid as he returned to work on Monday.

The UTV Political Editor had missed the last ten months of work after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Although 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 night ahead of his return to work and was inundated with hundreds of 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 Noami Long and Sunday Life columnist Liam Beckett.

Writing after his return to the screens he admitted it had been an emotional day.

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Ken talks to journalist Ivan Little

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

"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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Ken Reid
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Ken talks to journalist Ivan Little