Documentary on Working Conditions in Apple’s Supply Chain to Air on BBC


BBC One will be airing a long-hour documentary titled Apple’s Broken Promises” at 9:00 PM UK time on December 18, profiling working conditions in Apple’s supply chain. According to MacRumorsRichard Bilton and his team at current affairs program ‘Panorama’ went undercover to examine Chinese factory life and mining conditions in Indonesia.


The documentary will also be available online for UK viewers after the documentary airs later this week, and is likely to air globally on BBC World News soon as well. 

“Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants – but how are its workers treated when the world isn’t looking? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it’s not just the factories. Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple’s products?” 

Back in 2012, ABC’s Nightline had also visited Foxconn’s factories with the permission of Apple, which provided an inside look at its iPad and iPhone production line. While that report highlighted long shifts and low wages paid to workers, it also pointed out that Apple was being responsive to concerns that its workers were being treated unfairly.


  • Tim

    Cool. I like my iphone, but Apple should be held to account. Hopefully any embarrassment they receive from this helps to improve their practices and set the bar in the industry.

  • Al

    From the title alone, this is clearly meant to grab viewers by assigning blame up front with dramatic flair.

    “…but how are its workers treated…”

    News flash dick head… They AREN’T Apples workers. At best, Apple can only attempt to force the suppliers to improve their working conditions. Also, other countries have different ways of existing. If kids have to work in order to survive, it’s better than starving in the streets.

    Society loves to villainize the biggest company. A decade ago the same crap was happening with Microsoft. Back then, I said that, in 10 years time, things will likely change and the same thing may happen to Apple or some other huge company.

    If journalists truly want to do an admirable job, they should quit sensationalizing crap and focus more on truly serious stories, such as slavery.

  • ShaBi

    Why should they be held responsible for another company’s hiring?

  • ShaBi

    The odd time when I completely agree with you.