FCC denies WYMT's petition to be on satellite; 'This ruling is asinine'

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The decision dropped Wednesday.

After more than 2,000 people from across the region voiced their support, asking for us to be on satellite, the FCC said "No".

For more than 32 years, WYMT has covered stories you care about in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, providing local news, weather and sports to the people in the mountains.

"We're here for the balloon launches, for the groundbreakings, for the local high school ball games. It's because we live here too. We're your neighbors, we go to church with you, we shop in the same grocery stores. This is home for us and it's home for you and you oughta be able to watch your local hometown television station," said WYMT's General Manager Neil Middleton.

Neil says this ruling by the FCC is the wrong one, and that this battle is far from over.

"To be honest, this ruling is asinine, it makes absolutely no sense, and it is clear to us that the FCC blatantly ignored two things," said Middleton. "First, they ignored the wishes of more than 2,300 Eastern Kentuckians who went on to the FCC's website and let the FCC know their wishes, that they wanted WYMT on satellite. It's also clear that the FCC blatantly ignored the facts."

Like others here at WYMT, Neil Middleton was born and raised in the mountains. He will appeal the decision and continue to fight.

"I can assure you that we are not going to give up. We're going to appeal, we're going to continue to fight and we're going to win this battle. I can promise you that," said Middleton.

Click here to see all of the comments Eastern Kentuckians filed in support of getting WYMT on satellite.

Attached are several documents addressing the FCC's decision. The FCC's official denial of our petition is attached below.

Below are two letters from Congressman Hal Rogers, one expressing his support for WYMT's petition and one showing his response to the FCC's denial.

Also attached is a letter of inquiry from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, asking the FCC for a status update on WYMT's petition.

If you are viewing on a mobile device, follow the link to view the documents in a web browser.

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