WNCN originally signed on the air in 1988 as WYED, 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.
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.
1Nexstar operates these stations owned by Mission Broadcasting. 2Nexstar operates this station owned by Cunningham Broadcasting. 3Nexstar operates this station owned by White Knight Broadcasting through an SSA. 4Owned by Shield Media, LLC, Nexstar operates this station through an SSA, sale to Mission Broadcasting pending FCC approval. 5Nexstar operates this station owned by Vaughan Media. 6Predecessor company of LIN Media. 7Operated under local marketing agreement. 8Currently a repeater for WWLP. 9Joint venture with Discovery, Inc., in which Nexstar owns 31% while Discovery owns the remaining 69%.