As the controversy at Apple’s Chinese factories continues to heat up, the company’s independent audits are being followed up with the popular ABC News program Nightline gaining exclusive access to see what life is like there first-hand.

ABC News is reporting that its popular nighttime news show Nightline has gained exclusive access into Apple’s Foxconn factories, where anchor Bill Weir became “the first journalist [to] go inside the factories to see these life-changing gadgets get made.”

"For years, Apple and Foxconn have been synonymous with monster profits and total secrecy so it was fascinating to wander the iPhone and iPod production lines, meet the people who build them and see how they live,” Weir reports in a preview posted to the ABC News Nightline website. “Our cameras were rolling when thousands of hopeful applicants rushed the Foxconn gates and I spoke with dozens of line workers and a top executive about everything from hours and pay to the controversies over suicides at the plant and the infamous ‘jumper nets’ that line the factories in Shenzhen. After this trip, I'll never see an Apple product the same way again.”

Not surprisingly considering the high profile nature of the story, ABC News will be including excerpts across many of its news programs this week, including Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC News Radio and ABC Newsone. is already painting the story in a questionable light by pointing out a “possible conflict of interest” with the exclusive access being given to Disney-owned ABC, whose CEO Bob Iger sits on Apple’s board and where “the late Steve Jobs (and now his family) are the biggest individual shareholders of Disney.”

Nightline’s story on Apple will air on a special edition of the news program on Tuesday, February 21 at 11:35pm EST on the ABC television network, with a preview of the story already making the rounds of the company’s website (and embedded below for your viewing pleasue).

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