John Adrian Pienaar
2 October 1956
(m. 1980, divorced)
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 and then obtained his NCTJ training at Highbury College, Portsmouth.
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. and served as a stand-in host on BBC Two's Daily Politics.
Since 2015 he has been the BBC's Deputy Political Editor.
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.
- "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.
- "John Pienaar". www.nctj.com. September 2011.
- "BBC – John Pienaar appointed as new BBC Deputy Political Editor – Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. 13 April 2016.
|This BBC Radio–related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This biographical article related to BBC Television is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article about a British journalist is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|