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WRAL-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 17), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, United States and serving the Triangle region (Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill–Fayetteville). It is the flagship station of the locally based Capitol Broadcasting Company, which has owned the station since its inception.

WRAL-TV is part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate WRAZ (channel 50, also licensed to Raleigh), and is also sister to Class A 3ABN affiliate WARZ-CD (channel 34, licensed to both Smithfield and Selma) and radio stations WRAL (101.5 FM), WCMC-FM (99.9), WDNC (620 AM), and WCLY (1550 AM). The stations share studios at Capitol Broadcasting Company headquarters on Western Boulevard in west Raleigh, while WRAL-TV's transmitter is located in Auburn, North Carolina.

WRAL-TV has been affiliated with NBC since February 29, 2016, when it ended a 30-year affiliation with CBS (with CBS going to Goldsboro-licensed WNCN, channel 17 on that date). This is channel 5's second stint with NBC; it was a primary affiliate with that network for six years at the station's inception, then it took on a secondary affiliation with NBC for the next six years.

WRAL-TV began broadcasting on December 15, 1956. The first program aired was the movie Miracle on 34th Street. A. J. Fletcher’s Capitol Broadcasting Company, which first licensed WRAL Radio (AM 1240, now WPJL) in 1938, won the TV license in an upset over the much larger Durham Life Insurance Company, then-owners of radio station WPTF.[1]

WRAL was originally an NBC affiliate, taking that network from Durham-based WTVD (channel 11, which included Fletcher's son, Floyd, among its founders). When WNAO-TV (channel 28), the Triangle's CBS affiliate, went dark at the end of 1957 and the affiliation moved to WTVD (which was an ABC affiliate at that point) in the process,[2] WRAL shared ABC with WTVD until August 1, 1962, when channel 5 took the ABC affiliation full-time.[3] This was unusual for a two-station market. ABC was at the time the smallest and weakest of the three major networks; it would not be on par with NBC and CBS in terms of ratings or affiliated stations until the early 1970s. WRAL did, however, continue to carry The Huntley-Brinkley Report until January 3, 1967, when ABC's own evening newscasts expanded to 30 minutes. WRAL also continued to carry My Three Sons for several years after that show switched networks, from ABC to CBS.

From 1960 until his election to the United States Senate in 1972, Jesse Helms was an editorialist on WRAL-TV's news broadcasts; by the early 1970s, the editorials were running for 10 minutes every weeknight. His conservative commentaries were both controversial and popular with many viewers.

In March 1985, WTVD's owner, Capital Cities Communications, purchased ABC, resulting in WTVD becoming an owned-and-operated station of that network. The CBS affiliation moved to WRAL-TV on August 4, 1985.[4] Within six months of the switch, WRAL-TV had become one of the strongest CBS affiliates in the country. It is one of the few stations in the country to have been a primary affiliate of all of the "Big Three" networks.

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