The CRTC denied the CBC's digital transition plan for the Fredericton, Saint John area Wednesday. By Aug. 31, broadcasters operating in mandatory markets will be required to cease using analog signals and move to digital, over-the-air television broadcasting. In an application to the commission, the CBC applied to discontinue its analog transmitter serving Fredericton and Saint John, and instead install a digital transmitter to serve only the city of Fredericton. The change would leave the population of Saint John without reception. Several community members wrote the commission to oppose the plan. The Canadian Media Guild also expressed concern about the impact of the change on the population of southern New Brunswick. In its decision Wednesday, the commission said that its policy encourages broadcasters to continue serving their original audiences after the transition. The commission denied the CBC's application, saying it does not line up with its policy.