FIRST ON THE BLOG: I’ve been off a few days as I haven’t been feeling well, but now that I’m better, I’m ready to post again.
You’ve probably heard by now that WRAL is switching networks starting Monday February 29th with CBS moving to WNCN while NBC goes to WRAL. Meanwhile, already, there will be at least one newscast change right out the gate…
Starting Monday February 29th, WRAL 5 will move its weekday hour-long 4:00pm newscast that currently airs on its sister station WRAZ 50, to its own station WRAL 5. WRAL News at 4:00 on FOX 50 will soon become just WRAL News at 4:00 and will displace The Young and The Restless from that timeslot, once CBS leaves WRAL 5. WRAZ 50 will remain as a FOX affiliate for The Research Triangle.
The 4:00pm newscast was placed on WRAZ 50 due to WRAL 5 showing TYTR at 4:00pm because it airs an hour-long noon newscast. After the move, WRAZ 50 will just have WRAL 5’s weekday morning news from 7:00-9:00am and the nightly 10:00pm newscast (hour-long weeknights and half-hour weekends).
This is an affiliation shock for many in the TV news business. Plus, it will be the fourth time CBS will have a home in the Triangle under WNCN 17 (NBC). WPTF 28 (now WRDC 28 – MyTV) had it originally, then came WTVD 11 (ABC) in 1962 before WRAL 5 snatched it up in 1985.
This is a very interesting time in Raleigh television, indeed.