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North Carolina's first independent station, WCTU, was signed on July 9, 1967.
In 1971, Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting System purchased WCTU and renamed it WRET which stood for his full name: Robert Edward Turner. NBC switched to WRET in 1978 when former affiliate WSOC-TV joined ABC. Turner had committed into investing $2.5 million for station improvements.
In 1980, Westinghouse Broadcasting acquired WRET for $20 million — then the largest station sale at that time — so that Ted Turner could finance CNN, and changed its call letters to WPCQ standing for "People the Carolinas the Queen City. From 1980 to 1985, WPCQ used the distinctive Group W typeface.
Westinghouse sold WPCQ to Renaissance Broadcasting in 1986 and the Group W font was subsequently dropped.
The Providence Journal Company acquired WPCQ in 1988. On September 3, 1989; WCNC adopted its current call letters.
WCNC was renamed "NBC 6" in 1996, referencing its cable placement. 1997 saw Belo acquire The Providence Journal Company, and therefore WCNC.
WCNC dropped its cable placement in 2006.
In 2008, WCNC began using its over-the-air channel number again, with "NewsChannel 36" being the new brand.
2012–2014 (primary), 2014–present (alternate)
In 2012, the station changed its name to "NBC Charlotte", dropping the "36" again.
WCNC joined Gannett in 2013 with that company's acquisition of Belo. WCNC revealed a new logo on July 31, 2014, as well as adopting Gannett's corporate graphics. The station reverted back to its call letters, but they are used alongside the name "NBC Charlotte".
TV stations in Charlotte
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ABC affiliates: KBMT | KIII | KVUE | KXTV | WFAA | WHAS-TV | WJXX | WVEC | WZZM-TV
Sightline Media Group: Air Force Times | Armed Forces Journal | Army Times | C4ISR Journal | Defense News | Federal Times | Marine Corps Times | Military Times | Military Times Edge | Navy Times | Training & Simulation Journal
1Owned by Tucker Operating Company, LLC, Tegna operates KTTU through a JSA.