The Public Accounts Committee has recommended that the Future of Media Commission report be published without delay so that the economic implications of its recommendations can be examined.

The committee, which focuses on ensuring public services are run efficiently and achieve value for money, published its latest report this afternoon.

In its report the committee said it is concerned at the length of time it is taking to make a decision on the future of funding for public service broadcasting and reforms to the current TV licence system.

It said it was underlining the need for reforms to be made in light of an increased level of TV licence evasion, changes in how media is consumed and decreased receipts from An Post for licence fee collection.

It also recommended that the Department of Arts and Media provide it with a report by November on the level of extra income that could be achieved by collecting the licence fee through Revenue rather than An Post; introducing a device independent charge in place of the TV licence fee and the introduction of retransmission fees.

Today RTÉ has said it supports the position of the PAC in calling for the urgent publication of the Future of Media Commission report.

In a statement, the broadcaster said that numerous reports and working groups have reported and presented options on the issue over the years, while licence fee revenue has continued to decline due to an inefficient collection system that is not reflective of media consumption.

It also says that its annual report, which will be published once approved by government will highlight an increase in commercial revenue and a decline in TV licence revenue last year.

The broadcaster said it notes the finding of the PAC report, and will liaise further with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in terms of specific information requested.

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan said that Irish culture will be impoverished if RTÉ is strangulated due to lack of funding and to give the broadcaster surety of funding the answer lies in collecting the licence fee through the Revenue Commissioners.

But Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD said there are "very big downsides" to Revenue collecting the licence fee.

She said it has the potential of being an innappropriate charge for Revenue to collect as it is not a tax.

Ms Murphy said you have to question whether or not RTÉ actually understand their audience and the media because people consume their media very differently to ten years ago and there is the potential of building up resentment from people who do not have a television and watch content on their phone.

RTÉ has said it supports the position of the PAC in calling for the urgent publication of the Future of Media Commission report.

In a statement, the broadcaster said that numerous reports and working groups have reported and presented options on the issue over the years, while licence fee revenue has continued to decline due to an inefficient collection system that is not reflective of media consumption.

It also says that its annual report, which will be published once approved by government will highlight an increase in commercial revenue and a decline in TV licence revenue last year.

And the broadcaster said it notes the finding of the PAC report, and will liaise further with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in terms of specific information requested.