I like this option, don’t make it a ridiculous license, just make it a “Tax” and this funding goes directly to the budget of news and current affairs programmes.
I don’t think that there is anything wrong with advertising when it comes to entertainment programming - that is for the free market as bias does not come into it.
Perhaps some kind of restructure would be necessary to make that happen. Maybe put all news & current affairs under ABC and entertainment under SBS, for both stations. The actual broadcast spectrum could either be re-distributed or become “virtual” where either entity and book timeslots for airtime (i.e. Triple J which is mostly entertainment with a small amount of news/current affairs in their news bulletins and the Hack programme… ABC would book in timeslots for their news/current affairs onto Triple J).
Of course Triple J playing ads would obviously suck a lot. I am an avid listener. It doesn’t mean that they can’t receive public funding, but they should a;sp be free to find other ways to fund it (eg: Donations, Publishing Australian Artists, a small amount of Ads instead of so many self-promoting segments)