It’s been an unseasonably warm fall in New York, home of Fox News Channel. But it sure sounds like the relationship between network chief executive Roger Ailes and his new bosses, James and Lachlan Murdoch, is still a bit frosty.

The Murdoch brothers (CEO James and executive chairman Lachlan) stepped into new leadership positions at 21st Century Fox in July, as their 84-year-old father, Rupert, took a step back. The move prompted speculation about Ailes’s future at Fox News and the network’s direction. While Ailes and Rupert Murdoch are famously close, Murdoch’s progeny reportedly are not big fans of Fox News.

The New York Times reported in 2010 that Lachlan left his father’s company in part because “he thought Mr. Ailes was intruding on his corporate turf,” while James is “sympathetic to Democratic causes” and, along with his sister, Elisabeth, “frequently voiced concerns to their father during [the 2008] presidential campaign about Fox News’s coverage of [then-Sen. Barack] Obama.”

When 21st Century Fox announced the elevation of James and Lachlan over the summer, Fox News initially claimed that Ailes would continue reporting directly to Rupert. A 21st Century Fox spokesman then told the Hollywood Reporter that Ailes would, in fact, report to James and Lachlan while maintaining "his unique and long-standing relationship with Rupert." Finally, a 21st Century Fox press release announcing a contract extension for Ailes said he would report jointly to all three Murdochs.

So, how are things going so far? Ailes dropped a few hints in an interview for the Nov. 30 edition of Adweek, which recognizes him as the magazine’s “media visionary” of the year.

Do you think Fox News gets enough credit for what it adds to 21st Century Fox?
Nobody ever thinks they get enough credit for what they do. I don't complain about it or whine about it or bitch about it. When asked, both [21st Century Fox co-chairman] Lachlan [Murdoch] and [CEO] James [Murdoch] have been very forthcoming and very supportive and very complimentary about what we're doing here. They probably don't want us to get a big head, so it's fine.
How's the relationship with James and Lachlan?
It's very good. I don't think they knew, and I don't think I knew, how it was going to work. But it's fine. I went to the off-site in Palm Springs and I spent a lot of time with them and they came over and sat at my table. And they've called me a few times for information and we've been cooperative on some stuff, and it's been really pretty smooth. It's not contentious in any way.

Ailes was very diplomatic here, but you don’t have to look too hard between the lines to sense some lingering tension. Ailes and the Murdoch boys might not be feuding, but the brothers only give Fox News credit “when asked,” they’ve called Ailes “a few times” over five months, and the trio has managed to cooperate on “some stuff.” In short: “It’s fine.”

Not exactly warm and fuzzy.

People don’t need to be best friends to have productive business relationships, of course. Ailes and the next generation of Murdochs might discover that, as things thaw, they work together plenty well enough. Lachlan recently told the Hollywood Reporter that he and James "have a huge regard for [Ailes], and he's done a great job." James added that "we hope he stays for as long as he wants."

But this is undoubtedly a new era at Fox News. Eleven months out from the next presidential election, it bears watching to see how — if at all — James and Lachlan’s influence shows up in the network’s coverage of the campaign.

This post has been updated.