Not to be confused with WCNC-TV.


1988–1994 1995–1996 1996–2000 2000–2005
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2005–2013 2013–2016 2016–2018 2018–present
2005–2013 2013–2016 2016–2018 2018–present



WNCN originally signed on the air in 1988 as WYED-TV, an independent station owned by the Beasley Broadcast Group, their first and only television station in their history. In 1994, the station was sold to the Outlet Company.



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The station joined The WB network in January 1995 upon its launch. At the same time, it changed its call letters to the current WNCN, which stood for North Carolina's News. The WB affiliation did not last long. In September of that year, it became the new NBC affiliate for the Raleigh area, replacing WRDC, which joined UPN. The WB meanwhile, went to newly-launched WRAZ. WNCN also debuted the tagline, A Whole New NBC! on WNCN.


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In 1996, the station was sold (with the other Outlet stations) to NBC, and WNCN became an NBC owned-and-operated station. WNCN then later rebranded as NBC 17.


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In 2006, NBC Universal sold the station along with its sister small-market ones to Media General.


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In 2013, the station retired the "NBC 17" brand, adopting their call sign as their primary on-air branding.


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Designer:  Media General
Typography:  Gotham
Launched:  Unknown

In 2016, WNCN swapped network affiliations with WRAL-TV: WRAL rejoined NBC, while WNCN joined CBS and rebranded as CBS North Carolina. This was due to CBS and WRAL parting ways after 30 years, WNCN's new affiliation deal with CBS improved the network's reach in North Carolina.


Designer:  Nexstar Media Group
Typography:  Lato
Launched:  Unknown

On March 15, 2018, WNCN changed its branding from "CBS North Carolina" to "CBS 17." The station also adopted a slightly modified version of the logo introduced by Spartanburg, South Carolina sister station WSPA-TV in 2016.

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