Auditor rejects Tiscali accounts raising questions about its future

Tiscali, which has about three million UK broadband customers, has had its accounts qualified by its auditor.

Tiscali, which has about three million UK broadband customers, has had its accounts qualified by its auditor.

In a statement to the Milan stock exchange this morning, Ernst & Young said it was unable to express an opinion on the communications company's 2008 accounts and could not say whether Tiscali could continue as a going concern unless it renegotiated its €500m debt, the Financial Times reports.

Tiscali disputed the decision, citing timing differences. However, the company has been losing customers in the UK, its biggest market. It put itself up for sale more than a year ago and talks to sell the UK operation to BSkyB fell through in March.

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