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Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Hugo Balta's name.

(CNN Business) —  

NBC News, facing mounting backlash stemming from former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw’s comments that Hispanics should “work harder at assimilation” into American culture, distanced the network from his “inappropriate” commentary.

“Tom’s comments were inaccurate and inappropriate and we’re glad he apologized,” an NBC spokesperson said Monday.

Also on Monday, an alliance of Latino advocacy groups wrote an open letter to NBC demanding more than just an apology.

“Mr. Brokaw’s comments are more than just out-of-touch musings,” the letter said. “Mr. Brokaw’s comments are part of a legacy of anti-Latino sentiment that is spreading freely in 2019.”

The groups called on NBC to improve the diversity of bookings on “Meet the Press;” make a “significant” donation to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; and produce a series about the Hispanic community in the United States.