FAQ: Answers to your questions about CBS North Carolina in Raleigh

WNCN is now CBS North Carolina, the CBS affiliate for central North Carolina. Here are some frequently asked questions about the switch from NBC to CBS.

Q: Why did WNCN decide to switch to CBS?

A: WNCN is committed to this robust region of North Carolina, and CBS programming is a perfect fit for what viewers here want. CBS has a blockbuster lineup that viewers here love and the network delivers other programming that’s perfect for this market. That includes the NCAA basketball tournament, the Masters golf tournament and top regional college football games.

Q: So how do I find the CBS shows I love to watch?

A: Just turn to WNCN and your CBS shows will be there! WNCN viewers will enjoy the full CBS primetime lineup, including hits like “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS.”  During the day WNCN will deliver popular CBS programs like “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” View complete programming information.

Q: I record many of my favorite shows. How does this impact that?

A: You’ll need to adjust your recording schedule and may have to delete your current recording schedule and then set up new recordings.

Q: Who decides the news at the local level? Does CBS have any influence on that?

A: No. WNCN has an award-winning news team and strong commitment to local coverage. All news decisions are made by the station in Raleigh.

Q: What exactly is an affiliate agreement?

A: The four major networks – CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox – all have contracts with local stations around the United States to air their programming.  So a station like WNCN is the CBS affiliate for central North Carolina. WNCN’s sister station, WNCT in Greenville, is a CBS affiliate, as is WBTV in Charlotte and WFMY in Greensboro. CBS programming is dominant in the Southeast and WNCN believes the network is a perfect fit for this market.

As part of the move to CBS North Carolina, you’ll see an increased emphasis on news from around North Carolina as we gather content from local CBS partners.

Q: What will air on WNCN during the week?

A: View CBS North Carolina’s complete programming schedule here and read more about the programs here.

Q: What will I get when I watch WNCN’s North Carolina News?

A: WNCN focuses heavily on local news and knows you want to know what’s happening now in this remarkable part of the country. But you also want a newscast with richness and depth and a sense of the people and place we love so much. WNCN’s approach has won multiple Emmy Awards for its broadcasts, and also won two Murrow Awards in 2015. And there will be more emphasis on news from around North Carolina.

Q: How is the picture quality?

A: WNCN has broadcasted in high definition for years, so your CBS shows will remain in HD.

Q: What’s going to happen to Antenna TV on 17.2?

A: Nothing. Programming on 17.2 and 17.3 will not change as a result of the network affiliation swap.

Q: Does the NCAA Tournament move to CBS North Carolina?

A: Yes. CBS North Carolina will become the home for college basketball in March, with March Madness kicking off on CBS North Carolina with the Selection Show on Sunday, March 13, at 6 p.m.

Q: When will “My Carolina Today” air?

A: “My Carolina Today” is now called “My Carolina Talk” and airs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The popular lifestyles show, with hosts Valonda Calloway and Alex Butler, celebrates its sixth anniversary on March 10. Read more at MyCarolinaTalk.com.

Q: Will CBS North Carolina air “The Young and the Restless”?

A: Oh yes. CBS North Carolina is thrilled to be keeping you abreast of what’s happening in Genoa City every weekday at 4 p.m.

Q: Will CBS North Carolina air “The Bold and the Beautiful”?

A: Yes. All the Forresters in the popular ensemble cast will air on CBS North Carolina weekdays at 1:30 p.m.

Q: Will “Judge Judy” stay on CBS North Carolina?

A: Yes. The popular show will air during the week at 12:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Q: What about “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”?

A: Yes. “Ellen” will remain on CBS North Carolina. The show will shift from its 4 p.m. slot to 3 p.m. to make room for “The Young and the Restless.”

Q: What about the WNCN website?

A: WNCN.com has seen explosive growth in recent years and is one of the fastest-growing news websites in North Carolina. The site grew by 45 percent in 2015 as users turned to it for updated information from across North Carolina. You can also reach the website at CBSNorthCarolina.com.

Q: Can I find CBS North Carolina on Facebook and Twitter?

A: WNCN has robust social media outlets, with frequent posts on Facebook and Twitter, and the station will remain WNCN on social media. You’ll find an engaging mix of hard news and off-beat information on our social media pages, and the audience growth has been extraordinary. WNCN now more than 80,000 “likes” on Facebook and more than 25,000 followers on Twitter.

Q: What about shows like “Dr. Phil” and “The Doctors”?

A: No. Those will continue to air on WRAL.

Q: How can I reach CBS North Carolina?

A: We welcome your questions at watchcbs@wncn.com. There is a full list of contact information on WNCN.com at wncn.com/contact-us. The main phone number is 919-836-1717. You can reach the WNCN newsroom at newstips@wncn.com.

Q: What happens to Feathers, your longtime NBC mascot?

A: Feathers did a great job for WNCN, and the station gave him a nice retirement party on Friday, Feb. 26. You can find the fun to watch video here:


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