** Broadcaster ITV is the third best performing stock on Europe’s Stoxx 600.
** Talk of a takeover from Virgin Media owner Liberty Global sends ITV’s shares to highest since Jan 2001.
** Speculation fueled by report in The Telegraph saying Liberty canvassing support from major ITV shareholders following its acquisition of a 6.4 percent stake.
** ITV declined to comment on the rumours.
** Liberium notes a bid would have to take into account an anticipated rule change involving retransmission fees.
** Currently regulations stop ITV from charging retransmission fees - potentially pure profits - for its biggest channel ITV1. (RM://firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com)