From the General Manager

WRAL Saturday morning gets more local news

Posted September 7, 2012
Updated September 8, 2012

Sometimes we are presented with problems for which there is no good answer. Our weekend programming with CBS is the most current example.

Over time WRAL and CBS have continued to add quality news and sports programming on weekends – local news, CBS Sunday Morning, Face the Nation, CBS This Morning, ACC Football, NFL and more. However at the same time, the FCC Children’s Programming Act has very strict requirements for television stations including how many hours per week we need to carry and when they must air.

This is where these two issues collide. I’ll save you the chase, but in order to stay in compliance with the law, beginning Sept. 8 and until further notice, the second hour (9 to 10 a.m.) of CBS This Morning-Saturday Edition will air on WRAL2. You can find it over-the-air at Ch. 5.2. Time Warner Digital Cable customers get WRAL2 on Ch. 106.

Filling the gap on WRAL will be a half hour of local news at 9 a.m. followed by the children’s program Busytown Mysteries at 9:30.

I hope this answers any questions you may have.

If you have concerns or comments, feel free to contact me.

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  • kpowell104 Sep 11, 2012

    Thinking about my previous comment, I have a suggestion. Since WRAL is the leader in news and technology, why don't you drop CBS programming entirely and turn WRAL into a local version of CNN? Between the resoures of WRAL and CNN, you would be unstoppable. Definitely better than News 14 Carolina on Time Warner Cable.

  • kpowell104 Sep 11, 2012

    My wife and I are longtime loyal viewers of WRAL, and you are only source for local news, but enough is enough. Can you please get rid of so much of these repeated newscasts (4:30 to 7:00 weekday mornings and 5:00, 5:30 & 6:00 weekday evenings)? Please bring back the good old family programs. Also, honestly speaking, I can't stand CBS This Morning (weekday and Saturday), so I wish you would drop it entirely. If not, at least move the entire program to Channel 106, not just half of it. I wish WRAL had fought to keep ABC and never switched to CBS.

  • bradsher98 Sep 11, 2012

    YOUR WEEKEND NEWS IS PATHETIC. iT IS SIMPLY A REPEAT OF THE STORIES DURING THE WEEK. I KNOW YOU HAVE NO STAFF ON THE WEEKENDS. I HAVE STARTED WATCHING WTVD NEWS ON WEEKENDS SINCE IT IS IFFERENT. CHARLES BRADSHER

  • 10hummingbirds Sep 11, 2012

    Couldn't you have found something else to put on from 9-9:30 instead of the news again! I also have Dish and can't get WRAL2. I think we are getting burned out on all the news that is now on.

  • toofarout Sep 11, 2012

    For those of you that are on satellite you can get an off air antenna (Bestbuy for about $25) and you'll be able to get channel 5.2 AND when storms come in and you loose your satellite signal you can switch over to all the new local channels you'll have and they are in HD.

  • rrzx-14 Sep 10, 2012

    WRAL2 is not on Dish. So anything moved there I can't watch.

  • RAA0013 Sep 10, 2012

    Does the FCC not know there are 24 hours of cartoons on cable networks, netflix and the internet? Trust me - there is no shortage of cartoons out there. I sometimes wish there we less!

  • cushioncritter Sep 10, 2012

    Just so these "required programming changes" continue after Nov. 8, otherwise the true motivation would be to run free campaign ads disguised as "highly objective CBS analysis" for the current administration.

  • pakofwufs Sep 9, 2012

    I have an idea don't show news after 7 am on Saturday mornings, except maybe a news prgram for kids K through 12. This program would be about North Carolina things not stuff going on in N.Y. or LA. Maybe WRAL could develop some shows like in the old days like the Uncle Paul Show or Frog Hollow to show during the time you open up by not showing news. We always have 24 hour news on Satelite or cable. Also take off all the cartons of today and place back on Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry ain the and Jonny Quest. Also in the afternoon go back to having on shows like Andy Griffith, Good Times, The Munsters and Hogans Heroes from 4 to 6 PM and the news for only 30 minutes for just local news, weather and sports

  • elisethrash Sep 8, 2012

    I agree with Gene. I love CBS This Morning. Can't you put the kids shows on really early? At 6 or 7 AM, when kids are awake and looking for shows.
    And, I also have ATT Uverse and don't know where to find WRAL-2.

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