The licence fee should be collected through income tax, so people on lower incomes pay less.
That is according to one listener in Finland, who told Lunchtime Live their model is fairer.
Steve said that country scrapped the fee years ago and uses a much better system.
"It's just a small increase in income tax rate," he said.
"They don't have any of the gubbins that comes with licence [fee] enforcement; there's no detector vans, no people knocking on doors.
"They just put it on our income taxes, and I think it's actually very, very fair.
"You have the elderly, the unemployed paying nothing; you have those on low incomes paying a smaller amount, and you've got those rich people with multiple TVs in multiple places paying a fair amount for what they can afford."
He was speaking as RTÉ chairwoman Moya Doherty accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of 'deliberately undermining' the broadcaster over the licence fee.
In a series of letters, she complained of "persistent Government inaction" at a time when RTÉ was facing "profound" challenges.
The Government rejected a recommendation in July to abolish the licence fee from 2024 onwards.
Ministers instead agreed to overhaul how it is collected and establish a group to assess the system.
'It's a tax'
Steve said the offering in Finland is very similar to here.
"There's a public broadcaster who delivers television and radio and a streaming service and all the other things associated with it," he said.
"It's basically the same as you have there now.
"At the end of the day it's a tax, so whether you call it a licence fee or a tax it's still the State asking you for money for a service."
He said the difference between paying a TV licence and paying for a streaming service - such as Netflix - is about choice.
"I think the ultimate argument there is choice: I can choose exactly when and what to watch," he said.
"It is what you consume for it; but I think if you break it down to a per day cost and think 'OK - do I interact with any of it on any one day' then you can argue that you are getting your money's worth.
"I think it's definitely a case of you've got to look at it on a daily basis.
"The old argument [that] 'There's nothing ever on', but even if you just happen to catch one of the free rugby games that gets shown [you’re getting your money’s worth]," he added.
A TV licence costs €160 a year, which equates to around 43c per day.