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Those look like simple, tuned dipoles with directors and reflectors for directionality. One antenna for each channel. It's a standard MATV setup that used to litter the skylines of the world before the advent of metropolitan cable TV. As PorjectSHO89 mentioned, studio to cable head end links have made them unnecessary. Frankly I'm surprised that they remained as long as they have! Thanks to the ubiquity of cellular antennas, many municipal regulations have cracked down hard on all kinds of "eyesore" antenna structures. Sure a failback is always nice, but if city hall is breathing down the tower operator's neck, they gotta go. Besides, a p-p microwave link works better as a backup to fiber.
As for the newspaper article, there are two things that I know I can count on: 1.) the sun will rise in the morning, and 2.) the press will utterly fail to understand any and all technological topics. With May sweeps coming up, I can't help but remember an NBC affiliate that ran a hysteria-inducing piece about the alleged dangers of "ELFs" coming from overhead power lines, complete with B-roll of telephone cables! Not a single power line in sight in any shot. LOL...
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