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John Pienaar

John Pienaar, currently the host of the Drive show and Pienaar and Friends on Times Radio, is a well-respected figure in political journalism, known for his clear and direct reporting style. He spent nearly three decades at the BBC, culminating in his role as Deputy Political Editor, and previously hosted the weekly Westminster review show, Pienaar’s Politics on Radio 5Live.


About John Pienaar

John’s journalism career began at the South London Press, where he covered a wide array of local news, including crime, sports, and council activities. He later transitioned to become an Old Bailey Correspondent and even wrote an angling column, humorously admitting to never having fished. His parliamentary sketches for The Independent were notable for their originality and occasional controversy, solidifying his reputation as a keen analyst of Westminster politics.

Recognisable to many from his extensive live reporting outside 10 Downing Street, John’s dedication to political journalism is unwavering, regardless of the weather. Interestingly, he was once slated to join a celebrity boxing show, but the event was canceled due to safety concerns.

In his after-dinner speeches, John delves into the highs and lows of his political reporting career, sharing captivating stories and insights about the world of politics and the personalities within it.

To book After-Dinner Speaker John Pienaar, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

John Pienaar’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Politics
  • News
  • Broadcast
  • Journalism
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