The only people on this forum advocating a US-style local news system are from outside the UK. Is it a matter of "the customer is always wrong"?
Why does it have to be "U.S.-style local news"? Mouseboy mentioned a station in Canada, and I gave three European examples. In fact, you were the first to bring up the U.S. today.
(And maybe it's not a coincidence that those making international comparisons are the members who have more experience with TV in different countries.)
US-style isn't just within the US. Arguing the semantics doesn't negate the point.
And please, don't try and cast aspersions about the supposed insularity of people who disagree with you, least of all me. As someone who can speak and understand Italian and Spanish, and basic French, I've watched plenty of news from outside the UK. Add that to the fact I'm a member of TV Forum means that I've sampled lots of news from lots of countries.