Seems to me the article is not quoting fact, rather expressing an opinion. Seems like a cable exec whining actually.
When I watch the local market, I'm not seeing lots of PSA's on the big stations, that, speaks louder than the person who wrote the article.
In reality, you may have noticed many people are "cutting the cord" and going back to local.
I don't have direct or dish, nor do I care to. OTA is just fine, there are many more choices available now than ever.
TV stations are far easier to manage now than ever, every vendor makes multiple channel switchers, controllers, you name it.
While I'm not real happy about the parking lots not being full anymore, you can control a station in another market from yours at least 10X easier now than just 5 years ago.