Barossa experiences feature in young TV presenter's program

Young TV presenter Ethan White promotes the Barossa, including the Warren Reservoir, with support from Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange. Photo: The Barossa Council
Young TV presenter Ethan White promotes the Barossa, including the Warren Reservoir, with support from Barossa Council Mayor Bim Lange. Photo: The Barossa Council

A young aspiring SA presenter will this Sunday afternoon throw a spotlight on the Barossa Valley in his self-accomplished television program.

Ethan White who hails from Gawler will air his eighth episode 'Off the Couch' on Channel 44 showcasing a handful of places aimed at providing top experiences for young people and their families.

"The real focus is showing what's out there for us young people," the 17-year-old said.

"Sometimes we tend to get forgotten about," he added.

His first episode, created two years ago, featured Gawler which was received well by the public and led him up the Sturt Highway.

"Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus restrictions in March, we had to postpone the broadcast of the second episode," he explained.

His latest program was due to air in time for the Easter break.

Yet the wait didn't dash the year 12 Xavier College student's hopes, who says with businesses now reopening just ahead of the July school holidays, it makes the ideal time to share his top picks.

Supported by The Barossa Council, Ethan promotes Segway Sensation SA at Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley Chocolate Company and Barossa Bowland, in Tanunda.

During his filming he also caught up with Barossa Mayor Bim Lange who was keen to highlight the Warren Reservoir, outside Williamstown, now home to a host of recreational activities.

According to Ethan, Off the Couch is just that - getting people out there exploring what their backyard has to offer the young.

"It's also a one-man show," he said.

This means taking care of the filming, editing, the script and more.

However, Ethan is extremely grateful to his family and friends and to both the Town of Gawler and Barossa Council for throwing their support behind his vision.

While his program began when studying year 10 and was separate to his school studies, Ethan currently revels in using some of the material in his creative lessons.

It's all part of his plan to move towards a career in the television industry.

Ethan is interested to see other SA towns feature in his program and urges councils to consider promoting what makes their region great.

Off the Couch airs on Channel 44 this Sunday, June 28 at 5.30pm.

This story Ethan gets young people 'Off the Couch' first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.