WRAL making network change to NBC

Posted January 15, 2016
Updated January 16, 2016


— After a 30-year partnership with CBS, WRAL plans to change its network affiliation at the end of February.

WRAL will become an NBC affiliate on Feb. 29. WRAL on NBC WRAL welcomes NBC Feb. 29

"This was not an easy decision. It came down to the question, ‘What network do we believe is best positioned for the future of local broadcasting?’ It is clear to us that NBC understands the value that local affiliates bring to the entire network relationship," Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive of Capitol Broadcasting Co., WRAL's parent company, said in a statement. "We’re local broadcasters first. As the industry continues to change, we believe this switch to NBC positions us well for the future."

"The Fletcher/Goodmon family’s WRAL is widely recognized as one of the best stations in the nation," Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting, said in a statement. "All of us at NBC are thrilled to combine our decades of dedication to network and local broadcasting in order to proudly serve the thriving Raleigh-Durham market."

With the NBC affiliation, WRAL becomes home to NBC’s award-winning news, sports, prime-time and late-night broadcast programming, while continuing its market-leading news and public affairs content. NBC News is one of the outstanding news organizations worldwide. NBC Sports owns many premiere events, including Sunday Night Football and the Olympics, and NBC prime time has been No. 1 for three years in row.

The WRAL News and other local programming will continue to be on Channel 5.

"We’ve been a CBS affiliate for more than 30 years. We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with CBS News over the years," WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steve Hammel said in a statement. "Change brings opportunity. I have great confidence in our team to establish WRAL-TV as a dominant NBC affiliate."

WRAL-TV first went on the air in 1956 as an NBC affiliate. The station signed on with the up-and-coming ABC Network in 1962. That relationship lasted until 1985, when the station became an affiliate of the CBS Television Network.

CBS will shift its Triangle-area affiliate to WNCN.


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  • Sal Lee Jan 21, 2016
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    WRAL, left of left. NBC uber, ultra, liberal lefty. Should be a good match. My question is, who is going to get Judge Judy, WRAL or will it stay with WNCN?

  • Paul Donovan Jan 18, 2016
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    This move definitely jibes with the direction this station's political leanings have gone in recent years. NBC News is the most left MSM news in this country.

  • Barrett Powell Jan 17, 2016
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    I define "Trustworthy" as a news outlet that reports the facts without interjecting personal political agendas. In this respect, WRAL is the worse station in the area.

  • Charles Edwards Jan 17, 2016
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    It is hilarious to see some of the comments from misinformed folk.

    Here are some facts:

    The local WRAL news production has NOTHING to do with who the network is. It is all done by WRAL. You'll still see the same faces you've always seen for the LOCAL news - on the channels they are on now. WRAL 5pm, 6pm, and 11pm news will still be on WRAL channel 5 - with the SAME reporters.

    The WRAL web site is NOT produced by the network and has nothing to do with the network. The WRAL web site is locally produced by WRAL staff and journalists reporting on local stories.

    The WRAL building will continue to house WRAL staff and contain all the furniture and equipment it always has. No, they will not be auctioning off the furniture - they need it!

    CBS / NBC is just national CONTENT / PROGRAMMING provided by those respective networks and passed on to viewers by WRAL. WRAL does not create/produce network content - they just pass it along.

    No, I don't work in the industry. I just pay attention.

  • Benjamin Bridges Jan 17, 2016
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    No he doesn't. Not since last June. Do your research and have a nice day!!

  • Allison Blanchard Jan 17, 2016
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    [quote] you do know that the lead in republican candidates own NBC right?

  • Allison Blanchard Jan 17, 2016
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    not true. Cbs has shows geared toward an older audience that are going way downhill. After 15 years of csi they could give the crime drama stuff a break. Nbc caters toward a younger crowd and has several comedy programs that bring in the dollars. Have you ever heard of Saturday Night Live? Emmys go to several shows on NBC. Now their news programs on the other hand I don't care for but same goes to CBS. The other night I thought entertainment tonight was airing but it was actually cbs news talking about Taylor swift going on a date because that matters... So I think it's probably in their best interest to get out of the older outdated CBS broadcasting station.

  • Normal Guy Jan 17, 2016
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    Big mistake, Capitol.

    WRAL has been the undisputed king of all things good in NC broadcasting from innovative new technology to "network grade" local program production and a pioneer in the industry. Simply, WRAL has been the leader, the guidon for others to follow. WRAL was sturdy, consistent, and TRUSTWORTHY!

    Not any more with this absurd switch to the most left, liberal and poor programming network out there. In news specifically, NBC is trash. Look at Brian Williams - liar. Look at the weird sports they show - not interesting. Look at their daytime studio offerings - extreme and rude leftists who constantly talk over each other and their guests.

    It really hurts to see WRAL make such a horrid decision not so much leave CBS but to add NBC. Gag.

    My personal "Home Page" will now change to somebody else. WRAL has been the first thing I see when I've turned on my computer for years. Not any more.

    Bad mistake, folks. Really. Now, where's my TV remote???

  • Byrd Ferguson Jan 17, 2016
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    They should auction off some of the WRAL memorabilia. I would bid on Crabber or Deb's chair.

  • Thomas White Jan 17, 2016
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    Some people are stating that they like WRAL news. Personally I hate the idea of listening to weather every 10 minutes. I would rather hear more local news and less weather on the 1 or 10 or whatever they are pushing.