TRACE AFRICA withdrawn from Cameroon Cable?
According to several reports, CANAL +, the French operator of satellite television has decided since March 2019 to withdraw from its bouquet the pan-African urban music channel, DBM TV, as early as June 2019.
In response, to what they consider to be an "unfair competition" on the part of TRACE, which would have an exclusive agreement with CANAL, Cable TV operators are, in turn, excluding TRACE AFRICA in Cameroon for the benefit of DBM. This confirms several viewers contacted by betatinz, who say they no longer receive TRACE AFRICA on their cable.
The case made loud noises for several weeks outside Cameroon, particularly in Cote d'Ivoire and Benin. "Dear viewers, passionate about African music, we regret to announce that our only distributor Canal + Africa has decided to remove your bouquet DBM TV, from June 19, 2019," said a note from the management of the DBM chain in March 2019
DBM, which says it is gaining momentum, also thinks that it is undermining the monopoly set up over fifteen years in Africa by its first competitor TRACE AFRICA. "In a recent mailing, Canal + sent the DBM Tv team a surprising note denouncing the distribution contract that binds the two entities, claiming the lack of audience of the chain (0.01%), ranking 8th among the following channels: Trace Africa, Urban Trace, Trace Gospel, Trace Kitoko, C Star, Djazz, OKLM, MTV Hits, BBlack Africa and DBM TV ", wrote DBM management, who believes that this investigation by Kanta Ans" would hide in fact the shameful exclusivity agreement that Canal + would have signed with one of these channels in order to eliminate all competition from the African musical landscape. "
A music-themed TV channel, DBM was founded in 2017 by the Beninese Codjo Hougbeme and aims to reveal and promote Afro-urban music.
On the internet, many petitions have been launched to ask the Canal + group to leave DBM TV