In mid-2013, Rupert reached out to Lachlan and asked what it would take to win him back into the business. The price was to become co-chairman of News and Fox with his father, in early 2014.
The problem with this version of Happy Families was that it left James out in the cold. So he was appointed co-chief operating officer with Carey. But Carey wasn't thrilled about this, so it was made clear that James still reported to Carey.