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    WRAL drops CBS affiliation as networks put the squeeze on local markets

    Once again, CBS has sent a strong message that it will be tough in negotiations to extract money from its local affiliates.

    WRAL, which touts itself as "the No. 1 CBS affiliate sign on to sign off in the top 25 markets," announced on Friday it will soon become the NBC station in Raleigh, North Carolina. CBS will change its affiliation to WNCN, the NBC affiliate in the same market.

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