John Pienaar

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John Pienaar
John Adrian Pienaar

(1956-10-02) 2 October 1956 (age 62)
Middlesex, England
Denise Walsh
(m. 1980, divorced)

Penny Davies

John Adrian Pienaar (born 2 October 1956) is a British journalist who is currently Deputy Political Editor for BBC News, and presenter of Pienaar's Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Early life[edit]

Pienaar's parents, Eric and Johanna Pienaar, were both born in South Africa. He was educated at Bromley Technical High School, in Keston, Bromley, London[1] and then obtained his NCTJ training at Highbury College, Portsmouth.[2]


Pienaar began his career in journalism at the South London Press, before becoming an Old Bailey correspondent. He was then a political correspondent at The Independent, the Press Association, The Guardian, and from 1992 the BBC, on a range of TV and radio news and current affairs programmes.

In 2002, he became Chief Political Correspondent at Radio 5 Live, on which he still hosts the Sunday morning programme Pienaar's Politics. He has previously hosted Question Time Extra Time (a radio supplement to BBC One's Question Time) alongside Stephen Nolan.[3] and served as a stand-in host on BBC Two's Daily Politics.

Since 2015 he has been the BBC's Deputy Political Editor.

Personal life[edit]

Pienaar married Denise Walsh in 1980 and they had a son and a daughter. They divorced and Pienaar married Penny Davies, with whom he has two daughters.[1]

He is a fan of Crystal Palace Football Club.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Pienaar, John Adrian (born 2 Nov. 1956), Presenter, Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio Five-Live, since 2010; Deputy Political Editor, BBC News, since 2016". Who's Who & Who Was Who. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-10000539.
  2. ^ "John Pienaar". September 2011.
  3. ^ "BBC – John Pienaar appointed as new BBC Deputy Political Editor – Media Centre". 13 April 2016.

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