A new "values-oriented" cable TV network operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and 17 other religious organizations will begin broadcasting next week to a potential audience of 18.4 million people.

VISN (Vision Interfaith Satellite Network), operated by the non-profit National Interfaith Cable Coalition based in New York City, will offer programming from a broad range of faith groups beginning Sept. 19.The LDS Church is joining with Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and other faiths and organizations in the venture. Agreements have already been made with with cable systems having 18.4 million subscribers - more than any other cable network had for its initial startup.

"The emphasis will be on faith in God and moral values," said Richard P. Lindsay, the LDS Church's managing director of public communications and special affairs.

LDS programs during the initial period will include two half-hour segments weekly, one looking at problems that families face and one that has "dramatic presentations with broad appeal." Lindsay said the LDS programs will initially feature existing church movies and other materials. He said subscribers should check with their cable systems for specific program schedules.