Cable firm NTL's woes grew deeper this weekend as it emerged that the company has not been able to keep up with payments to suppliers.
The news comes as the beleaguered firm is expected to announce plans to restructure its estimated £12bn debt.
A report from credit referencing agency Experian states that, until three months ago, the company was paying suppliers on time, but that payments are now on average arriving 57 days late.
An Experian spokesman said that when payment periods slip it can be a sign of severe cash flow problems and that "receivers could be called in a matter of months".
NTL is believed to owe BT around £60m for gaining access to its network for NTL customers.
The company has appointed financial groups Credit Suisse First Boston, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley to help resolve its debt crisis.
The group is expected to tell creditors that it can support borrowings of around £5.7bn, leaving £6.3bn to be written off, according to reports.
NTL recently announced a project to open up its local access routes to rivals to cut its debt, and is also believed to be in talks with AOL Time Warner, Microsoft and cable company Liberty to take the business forward.
An NTL spokeswoman told vnunet.com that the company refused to comment on "media speculation".
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