RADIO listeners in the Cotswolds will soon be able to receive four local stations on DAB digital radio for the first time.

DAB is set to launch across Gloucestershire in two phases and will mean 400,000 listeners in the county can receive four local radio stations - BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Gold, Heart and Sunshine Radio.

At the moment listeners can tune in to AM and FM frequencies and online.

Transmitters at Churchdown Hill and Stockend Wood will bring local DAB digital radio coverage to Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud and along the River Severn and M5.

The first phase is being launched by Martin Horwood MP and a Gloucester Rugby Club star on Friday at the Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham.

Phase two for the north and south Cotswolds will be launched later this year with the switch on of transmitters at Cirencester and Icomb Hill, near Stow.

However, according to the BBC's map of DAB coverage, areas around Winchcombe, Broadway and Chipping Campden will get limited or no coverage compared to the rest of the area.

Villages on the Gloucestershire/ Worcestershire border including Elmley Castle, Cropthorne, Little Comberton, Bricklehampton and Great Comberton are also just out of the coverage zone.