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Storm sinks MTV kudos

Cabler pulls plug on live show, taped production

Hurricane Wilma has forced MTV to cancel the Video Music Awards Latin America.

Kudocast was skedded to air live from Playa del Carmen in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula today. On Tuesday, with the weather worsening, MTV shifted to a taped production that was supposed to have taken place Wednesday.

MTV pulled the plug, however, when Wilma strengthened considerably overnight Tuesday.

The fourth kudocast would have marked the show’s move to a location within the region: the first three were broadcast from Miami Beach.

The flagship U.S. network’s VMAs also ran into weather problems this year. That kudocast was produced live from Miami on Aug. 28, just days after Hurricane Katrina blew across south Florida as a category 1 storm, disrupting or canceling some pre-show activities.

A week after the 2004 kudos here, the outer bands of Hurricane Frances drenched Miami, but that storm caused most damage further north.

MTV U.S. had not committed to returning to Miami for a third year, and the increase in hurricane activity may prompt the feevee to seek drier ground.

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