The ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] has stirred up the Friends of the ABC, as they have condemned a plan to advertise online.
The ABC currently cannot advertise in Television or Radio; put a loophole has emerged under the law as Internet advertising had not existed.
The plans included advertising in external sites, like their Countdown site. This plan was in response in a lack of Government funding. SBS, the other government owned channel, is allowed to carry advertisements in TV and online.